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A New Direction

Yesterday morning, I received an email that kind of sucked the wind out of my sails over my plans for the upcoming school year. I thought I was an easy contender for a job that would be perfect with my schedule with the kids and I was pretty excited about it all.

It ends up that I never even got the chance to apply!  Talk about a way to start off a glorious summer Sunday! (You do hint my sarcasm there, right?)

It put me in a bad mood all day, much to the frustration of my husband and my sweet kiddos. I feel like I’m back at square one trying to figure out what I will do part-time, in addition to my design ideas, but this morning I have had some breathing room and time to think. I’m sitting here in my dining room, staring out my back window, just contemplating the future. Kids are quiet with a friend over all day, so thankfully….I have had some quiet time today to regroup.

I’m enjoying the leftover dying flowers from Maggie’s party….

And I’m thinking on this:

(above image from Raechel Myers IG feed from She Reads Truth)

And I’m realizing (or more likely REMEMBERING) that this whole life thing is not about what I want or how this is supposed to go in my mind. It’s about how it’s supposed to go in the way that’s best for everyone possibly involved. God’s plan is greater.

For a long time now, I have wanted to do something that was helpful in some way or glorifying to God in some way and I keep waiting to see what that is. Yes, I know that raising my babies as my sole job for the last 8 years has been glorifying to God. But now it’s time that I ventured out from the home and I want to see where I can be used. It’s difficult to wait and see what happens, especially when you see it happening all around you. I have lots of interests and ideas of things that I could do to bless others, but I also have to remember that I need to be working to be a secondary supporter to my family’s income now. What job takes those two things hand in hand for me right now? I’m not totally sure yet. I feel that I’m on the brink of knowing and I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve of how to further push this to see where it all goes.

For now, I’ll look upon my dying flowers, enjoying the last couple of days of their color. I’ll enjoy my hot summer days with my babes, I’ll keep reading and learning and searching and forging new friendships. And most importantly, praying over it all.

Please pray with me.

And for me.

And if you have a prayer request you would like to share, please do.

On another subject – I hope to have Magdalen’s birthday party pictures up this week. My friend, Sarah, took them but I forgot to download them from her camera before she left the next day! Aaagghh! My fault, so hopefully I’ll get them somehow to share this week! Happy Monday, friends!

Where I’m Going With This

Yes, yes, YES! I love this printable that I found last night and wanted to share. You can find a free link to print it out for yourself (also with a yellow background option) at Lady Bird Lane. Or you can click on the artwork above and it will take you to her post about it.

In the last few years, I haven’t been in the position to help a fellow mom that often. Mainly because of being on my own with my own kids all week long and sometimes barely surviving and being the one that needed a helping hand. But things are getting easier and easier as the months go by with my sweet kids and as they get older and I’m surviving much easier. : ) It’s been a long road for multiple reasons and I hope to share more about that soon. : )

Then after finding this artwork that I want to make myself read every single morning, I came to write this post and share it with you. And BAM!

New Blogger format, huh? I like it! I think I just might love it.
I just now saw it for the first time and while clicking around, I found my stats overview page.

And then I just stared at the numbers like an idiot when I saw what they were. Because, guess what? People read my blog!

I was amazed. Honestly. If you haven’t figured it out already, I love to write. And in addition to that love of writing (and taking photos of my life), I was hoping to use this as a springboard for whatever creative business it is that I hope to create for myself and my family. I have many ideas in mind and have tested out a few in my own time. But the beginning for me is knowing if people are even going to come read what I write in the first place, because it will go hand-in-hand with what I create.

The numbers it gave me were even more hilarious to me because I don’t even think that my friends read this blog. Ha! They never really mention anything to me when I write things, so I assume they don’t read it. So, who are these people that are reading? I would venture to say that Pinterest has a lot to do with it. (I was already testing that theory out. It’s just fun to finally get the results.)

I posted a few photos from Magdalen’s 2nd birthday party last year and apparently it was a hit. I have gotten more notifications from Pinterest in the last few months about “repins” on those photos than I had in the past year.

So when I checked the stats today?

Her Vintage Cowgirl 2nd birthday party post has received….

OVER 1200 HITS. : )

(Thank you, Pinterest. I might end up going somewhere with this whole idea if I’m patient.)

Thank you, to all of you who read this blog. Truly. I know that to a “big” blogger that is nothing in the grand scheme of posting stats. But to me, that’s huge.

I know that some of my friends and family think it’s strange that I post on here about my life because they think things should be private, etc. I don’t feel that way anymore. It used to make me nervous that strangers were reading about me, but hey! I’m reading about them, too. I realized that it wasn’t a huge deal so I don’t worry about it anymore. I have met so many amazing people from the blogging and crafting world that I would have never known had I not had this little space on the internet that’s all my own.

I plan to be even more real on here in the future. I have so many thoughts swirling in my mind, and some of them are hard thoughts. Things that maybe I’m nervous to write about or mention. Things that might hurt feelings in an indirect way and completely unintentionally. But…also things that I want to write about or share. And I feel that it’s okay. Because it’s about me and my feelings, as I carefully sort through them.

But for now, like I said….thank you. : )

{First Giveaway!} One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Edited to Add: Comments have been closed for this giveaway. Winner has been announced HERE.

There’s a blog I’ve been reading for some time now. I have it delivered to my email inbox daily and it is always a breath of fresh air. Always a new way of looking at life. Always focused around the grace of God and the love the author receives from Him. Her story is inspiring, and no doubt…she is inspired.

A Holy Experience is written by Ann Voskamp, a beautiful lady married to a man she calls The Farmer. : ) They raise their 6 children on their piece of land that she so willingly shares photos of throughout her posts. She clings to God and his promises so tightly, and then writes about it so beautifully that it resonates in my mind for a nice long time. I personally can’t get enough.

And now…

She has written a book.

Wait…did you catch that?!?

SHE HAS WRITTEN A BOOK!!!!

So much excitement for me in those words!! : ) I’m a book-a-holic as it is, but to be able to hold her words in my hands is just too much! The perfect highlighter and pen will have to be found before I open the first page. I have already read the first chapter online (you can read it HERE) and it is phenomenally powerful: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are. A true story from the heart. Here is the introduction video and Ann’s dare to Live Fully, and it is beautiful. Don’t miss it:

One Thousand Gifts has just been released for purchase this past week and my copies are in my home library now. What could be better, I ask?

Oh, yes. Maybe the fact that you can join in on the {in}Courage Bloom book club and read along with the lovely ladies, Jessica and Angie? This is the first book they’ve chosen after they have joined forces with {in}Courage. (Check out {in}Courage and it’s many Christian authors focused on women. A true blessing.) And what could be better than a book club that’s reading Ann’s book?!?

Ann Voskamp, herself, has joined Jessica and Angie in their weekly videos to talk about each chapter of her book! I am so giddy over this that I can hardly wait for the first one to start. : ) You can join in just like I will be doing and watch the videos. Here is the video from yesterday, where they introduced Ann to the book club:

You can even join the actual community and have online discussions with others reading as you are, right from the site. Very exciting news!

And the final awesomeness that I have to tell you?…because Yes! it gets even better??? ; )

I bought an extra copy to give away to a lucky someone! That’s right! YOU could win a free copy of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are. 

I went to purchase mine (because it was on a huge sale last week – details below) and I felt compelled to buy an extra…just because. I bought it along with the few other copies I decided on for upcoming gifts and it hit me that night I purchased them. Why not do a giveaway? So here I am.

I hope this book blesses someone else out there. Just reading Ann’s heartfelt and genuine blog posts have been a blessing to me all this time. And wow, does she have a story to tell.

If you want it, here’s your chance. : )

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • Open to U.S. addresses only
  • You must make a comment on this blog post for 1 entry. Comments made elsewhere will NOT be counted.
  • No anonymous commenters please. If you don’t have a blog to link up, please leave your contact info in the comment (i.e. email address, Twitter name).
  • You have 2 days to enter. The giveaway ends Tuesday, January 25, at midnight CST.
That’s all! I’m making this very simple so that anyone has the chance to win this lovely book. And unfortunately it’s a short giveaway. I want to leave enough time to ship the book to the winner before the book club officially starts (February 6th). 
If you can’t wait and want to purchase your own, here are the links to the best deals:
  • Dayspring.com is where I bought my copy for $10. I bought 5 copies ($50) so I received free shipping. I believe that if you buy 2 or more copies, you can enter the coupon code BLOOMBOOK through the end of today (Monday). After today the price goes back up to retail.
  • Amazon.com is the other site running a great deal. Because of the amazing amount of purchases of this book last week, it made it into the top 10 sellers on Amazon. I think it was up to #7! Yeah!!! They are currently selling it for $9.14. 
  • If you would like to buy a book as a sponsor for someone who truly cannot afford it, please click HERE. Dayspring will send it to someone in need who has already filled out a form requesting one. 
Now, get clicking!!
Thanks & Good luck! : )