Tell me that your weekend has been full of sunshine…
…and birds chirping…
…and kiddos running and playing!
Tell me that you’ve been able to fling your windows wide open!
Tell me that you’ve enjoyed the Spring like my family has this weekend!
IT. HAS. BEEN. TOTALLY. REFRESHING.
And while the girls jumped and laughed…
…I cleaned out my garden shed…
…and made a wreath.
Progress is being made…
…my master bedroom is dangerously close to being done!
Dangerous in the sense that I’m so pleased with where it stands…
…that I might not finish the last projects on the original list.
Happy day to you!
It actually snowed here this morning!
I know some of you are so over the snow thing…but this is our first time to see any flakes!
And we quite LOVE them!
Today I’m sharing a fun idea over at Belvedere Designs.
They make the most amazing vinyl signs and decals.
And they helped me come up with a perfect solution for Anna Belle’s room.
The sun is shining…the birds are singing…Spring is on it’s way!
It fills my heart with a renewed joy…
…and energizes my very soul.
So I’ve been setting the table and planning menus.
I’m ready to entertain!
I’m in the process of decorating our master bedroom.
I’m almost done.
So close to being done…that I’ve almost stopped working on it…
…before it’s finished.
You know what I’m talking about.
You work and work and work on a project…and then you just leave the last things on the list undone.
You’re bored with that project and ready to move on to the next.
So today when I was fanning through my paint deck trying to pick out the perfect shade of cream for my kitchen (which is the next project)
I stopped myself…and marched myself up to my room…and finished another project that needed to be done in there.
I AM GOING TO FINISH THIS ROOM BEFORE I START ON ANOTHER!
And I’ll be so glad that I did.
I’m not up with the times culturally speaking.
Like the other night, while we were watching the Olympics (which is the first network TV I’ve watched in a LONG time) a commercial came on for a show called The Voice.
Seems that all of the people who host The Voice are at the top of the fame ladder…
…and I didn’t recognize any of them except for Usher…
…and that’s only because he sang part of a song with Justin Bieber…and my 9 year old went through a time where she loved his songs…and we listened to that very song over and over and over.
So yesterday morning, I decided I was going to change all of that.
I was going to catch up…be able to talk about the latest movies…recognize famous people…know what the latest TV shows are.
I was all prepared to fold some laundry and watch some morning talk shows…
…until I figured out that I didn’t know how to turn our TV on.
Because we don’t have one remote; we have 3. And you have to make sure that the TV is on and the box is on and each remote controls a different part.
And on my way to call my husband to get him to explain it to me…I got distracted with making a new Spring arrangement.
And tweaking my latest gallery wall.
Sometimes I worry.
I worry about things that have never happened and other things that will probably never happen.
So the other night as I lay awake busying my mind with my latest random worry thought…
…and I was praying that the Lord would take the worry from me…
…this simple, refreshing thought came to mind.
“Instead of mulling over all of this worry ~ Start counting your blessings.”
Because in all of the worry…
…I was missing the blessings.
The blessings that have filled my life to overflowing.
The blessings that have happened.
And I vowed that on that day I would replace every thought of worry with a thought of thankfulness.
And you know what happened?
My heart was nearly busting at the seams as I lived that day.
How did we ever decorate without burlap?!
My dad thinks we did just fine without it…
…he wonders why my mom hung feed sacks in the guest bedroom…
…when they’re actually beautiful custom burlap curtains!
I find myself twisting it and gluing it and sewing it everywhere…
…it just always seems to work!
Here are 20 great ways to add a bit of burlap to your home!
I long for my home to be a beautiful haven for my family.
But more than a warm, inviting space…
…and more than pretty rooms…
…I pray that our home is rich with tradition and meaning.
I want to teach my girls and guide them and pray with them and have fun with them.
I don’t want to be so wrapped up in my own “to-do list” that I miss those small moments that will shape them.
And as I think about Valentine’s Day, I am reminded what an amazing husband I have. And what a wonderful father my girls have.
And I know for sure and for certain that God led me straight to this man.
If you are one of my 3 girls, you should STOP READING THIS NOW!
Yes, Daisy, Anna Bella and Lila Mae…I’m talking to YOU!
Don’t read another word or you will ruin one of your Valentine’s Day surprises…Seriously.
Ok, now that they are no longer reading…
…I can get on with this post.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about living each moment to its fullest.
Being fully present for my husband and my girls.
I’ve been reading things about choosing what really matters.
And I’m realizing that the time that I have with my girls is precious and flying by entirely too fast.
And I want to make sure that I don’t miss an opportunity to make a memory with them.
Or to let them know just how much I love them.
So when I was at my friend Lorie’s house today, and I saw all of the red and pink construction paper hearts on her children’s doors with words like “funny” and “trustworthy” and “respectful”…I had to ask what it was all about.