New Season, New Start, New Direction….

Hello. I haven't been here in a while despite very good intentions. It's for good reason though - more time focused on my family, my home, my walk. And I'm happy to say God has led me back to blogging but in a new way and a new focus. You'll be able to find me over at Oh Magnolia with my friend Emily. We're excited about this new season for the both of us and all that will come from it. Come on over and hang out for a while. We'll be so happy you did….

A Call to Action

We are living in a time where we do not have to look very hard for tragedy. Whether it is the recent attack in Boston or the disappearance of a young child on their way to school - tragedy is across the country, across the nations, and in your back yard. 

If ever there was a time to take responsibility for your faith - it is now. Too often we allow ourselves to be plagued by the deficiencies  of our humanity and not call forth the power that we have in the Name of Jesus. It’s easier to be self sufficient and only focus our prayers on our loved ones or our circle. We take for granted that our neighbor who we rarely speak to also needs prayer or that our kids school needs to be covered as well. We allow ourselves to think that our one single prayer won’t define the course of our nation. Well, what if it did? Is my prayer any more powerful than yours? Because of my son’s youth is his prayer for everyone he loves to be saved less likely to be heard by our God than mine? I don’t think so. 

If we aren’t praying for these things - who is? I have the privilege of knowing some very strong, beautifully spoken intercessors who intercede on the behalf of our city and state on a regular basis. When I pray, it isn’t an eloquently worded prayer to God - it is a Mother’s cry for help. It isn’t pretty and my words are fumbled but when I pray I know that God honors my heart and my prayers and I know that someone - for that moment - has lifted my children’s school, my city, my state, my country, up in prayer. 

What if we all joined together to do that? What if we could flood Heaven’s Gate with our prayers for our country and for the next generation? I believe we could change the world.

Is this going to prevent bad things from happening to good people? No. We live in a world riddled with sin where God has given each of us free will to choose - follow Him or don’t, good verses evil. When evil shows itself in this world, we must remember that “Good” has already won. The enemy has been defeated. We must take responsibility for our faith and choose every day to trust in Him. Rely on His Word and His Promises to us. Being a Christian does not insure an easy walk, but it gives us the perspective to praise God for who He is and who we are in Him. Take your authority in Him, take a stand. Let’s take ACTION and widen our scope of prayer. In Him, we can make a difference.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 
 Matthew 5:14-16

Mad Scientist Party - Oh yes.

I am DYING over this Scientist themed birthday party that Amy Atlas' blog, {sweet designs} recently featured.  I must, I MUST figure out a way to give Lincoln & Ruby Jane a separate party next year. Lincoln would LOVE this and I can see him and all of his little buddies doing experiments and just having a ball. Of course, if Linc gets his own party then of course that gives me free girly reign to prepare something fab for Ruby Jane too...oh yes...the options!

Check out the party pictures below - they are too much fun! And if you're searching for a fun theme idea for an upcoming party, check out my Pinterest Party board!

I don't know about you, but this looks like a party I not only want to throw but want to attend! I'm thinking instead of typical party games, do an experiment station instead - there are so many places online to find fun, EASY, experiments to do! Check out these fun ones I found via Pinterest on East Coast Mommy's blog. 

Have an awesome day!

Message Delivery

How good are you at getting out of your comfort zone? I was asked to give an exhortation to my church congregation this past Sunday. This is something that I know The Lord has called me to, however, it is very much outside of my comfort zone. I am naturally a people watcher, I would rather help hold up a wall or hang out in a corner than be the center of attention. I certainly am not one to ASK to speak to a few hundred people on a Sunday morning. God sees me differently though. He wants to use me in a way where He knows I will be completely dependent on Him to complete the task - unless I want to fail miserably, trip over my own two feet and fall flat on my face. All of which I was convinced was going to happen before I even started speaking. 
Thankfully, the exhortation went well and there was no failure or  tripping up or down the steps. God accomplished something on Sunday morning through me and my words that He set out to do. I relied completely on Him to use me according to His Will for that morning. But isn't that how we should operate EVERY morning? EVERY day? Whether our audience is a few hundred or two? I have a target audience every day - my family. Am I relying on God to deliver His message through me every day in every action? In every word spoken? 
The truth is, I am sure we all have areas where we could improve to seek His counsel first. My heart is to be fully submitted to Him at all times, but do I let the frustration of the day overpower the words I use? Am I impatient and intolerant when I tell my boys for the 150th time to "put the seat down" or not slam the Hot Wheels into the baseboards? Or tell my daughter to pick her clothes up off of the floor? The answer is yes. While I know it is important to train my children and teach them to be good stewards of what we have, I could certainly at times, choose a better tone in which the message is delivered.
Its all about knowing when to take our own time out and pause, and reflect on the responsibility we have in the delivery of our message. The delivery of the message is just as important as the content of the message. If the delivery isn't right - the message may be lost.
"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:33 NLT 
When you feel yourself begin to get distracted or frustrated, remember to pause and reflect - seek Him first - He will direct your actions and your words if you rely completely on Him to do so. 
Where are there areas that you can rely completely on Him to deliver His message through you? How will you respond to the call?
*I originally wrote this and shared on ChristianMom Talk but certainly wanted to share this post with you too....If you haven't come across ChristianMom Talk yet - there is a wealth of information and podcasts to check out on everything from life challenges to parenting and everything in between!

A Royal Daughter

Lovely Pinterest Finds

I love Pinterest, dare I say...maybe even more than I love...Etsy. GASP! OK, maybe its a dead even tie. They BOTH just have  In the same way I wonder what I ever did without my iPhone and the ability to navigate streets with my phone, I wonder...what in the WORLD did I EVER do without Pinterest?

So, in the spirit of spreading some Pinterest love, I thought I would share with you my favorite Pinterest pins from the last week. I'd love to see what you're pinning too so feel free to link it up in your comment or send me an email!

I have a weathered pallet in the back yard...well, getting more weathered as we speak. I love each of these ideas in this pin...

Gold glitter? Hello. On candlesticks? Such an easy way to add a little glam to any room - too much goodness in this one.......

Do you need a large rug for one of your rooms? I've been on a major hunt for a while but don't want to spend the $. This pin shows you how to sew smaller rugs together and the finished product looks great!

This pin is SO MUCH FUN! Just type in your favorite locations and it creates a watercolor print for you. LOVE.

I know holiday season is over, but I am always looking for fun, easy ways to jazz up gifts I give. With baby showers and birthdays on the horizon one after the other, these ideas are too cute not to pin.

I hope you enjoyed my pins, if you enjoy Pinterest as much as I do, I am sure you did. :) Happy pinning friends! I'd love to hear about what you're pinning! 

Changing & Grooving - its what life is about.

Some randomness for ya....Last week was a good week. A week that brought with it the excitement and feeling of transition as it was my husband's first official week being UN-employed. Before you gasp and think about how we will survive - don't worry, becoming unemployed was by choice. It may sound crazy to you, especially in this economy, but for us, we decided that our family dynamic comes BEFORE what my husband does to pay the bills. Thankfully, we were in a position to allow it to be a choice because I know for many it is not. I am believing and trusting God to open doors for B and for God to move in a big way!

My new fave find is that the Happy Herbivore does meal plans - WHO KNEW? We do our very best to maintain a healthy diet - watching Forks Over Knives changed the way we eat forever. (Rent it on Netflix if you haven't seen it - ESPECIALLY if you're not feeling well!) We have started to incorporate dairy into our diets here and there on a minimal basis and sometimes splurge on a sub sandwich - but focusing on mostly veggies helps us keep our diet more in balance than anything else.

If you didn't stop by last week you missed the new design board I did for my friend's little boy who is on the way! So much fun. You can find out all of the source details about the room here & check out the board below...

I did this one below the week before for another friend who, at the time, didn't know if she was having a boy or a girl - now we know - GIRL! - so another board will be coming soon!

For source details about the gender neutral board check it out here.

A couple months ago I started doing Barre when a studio opened up here. I feel SO GREAT and couldn't recommend it more if you're looking for an awesome low impact work out.

I've decided that we, me & my family, need to be bilingual. I've always loved hearing different languages but have never been fluent in any other except English. When I lived in Germany through high school I picked up German but have, sadly, forgotten most of it. So, I take on a few very random tasks each year for the family and this will be the best one yet I think. I ordered this, so I'll definitely let you know how we all do. :) 

This has been our most played song that we have been groovin to....."whatever comes to pass and whatever lies before me, let there be singing when the evening comes....Bless the Lord O my soul..."

I am looking forward to everything March has to offer. January was catch up month, February FLEW by, and I am looking forward to a more balance March. What about you?

Linking up at these two wonderful places....

miscellany monday at lowercase letters     

Design Love - Baby Boy Nursery

I told you I'd be at it again...helping another sweet friend get ready for their bouncing baby BOY. I just can't help myself. It's just too much fun dreaming up rooms for people - especially babies! 

I started with two things - the bedding my friend received as a gift and the knowledge that they are a family of music lovers. Since the bedding is very neutral, I knew I wanted to find a piece of artwork as my jumping off point. Enter the awesome guitar watercolor (#4) - this was exactly what I was looking for and keeps with my "it can be put in any room of the house later" rule. ;)

So, imagine with me......

 Benjamin Moore's Stonington Gray on three walls with one main accent wall of REMOVABLE chevron wallpaper. Yes, you read right - removable - and you'll never believe where I found it....Wal-Mart. YOWZA! I couldn't believe it either. So, we have our gray walls and chevron accent wall. The crib will be against the chevron wall with the beautiful neutral bedding and fun pop of the retro vespa print blankie. The large watercolor guitar print hanging above the crib flanked by the ABCs & 123s. 

Navy or yellow dhurrie rug on the floor and gorgeous navy drapes on the window. In the corner will be the slipcovered glider, and instead of an official ottoman, I chose a larger pouf. My friends have a young daughter so I know she will love hanging out in the nursery too once baby brother arrives. I wanted there to be enough seating. I imagine 2 or 3 of the wire baskets hanging on the wall by the glider to hold nursery books. 

On the opposite side of the room I chose a dresser that will grow with baby boy and be very sturdy and will fit a changing pad. Having two boys of my own I have realized where the splurges need to be - that is on durable furniture that will LAST....and it doesn't hurt that you could do touch up with a marker most likely when the inevitable Hot Wheel goes flying through the air. lol Above the dresser are reclaimed wood shelves to hold baby essentials in the chevron caddy and a few knick knacks. Above the shelves would be a collage of the music print, cross, and note. 

So, what do you think? I'm kind of thinking my boys need a little bit of this goodness for their room. :) I hope you have an awesome day! 

1. ABC & 123 print can be found here on Etsy. 2. Benjamin Moore's Stonington Gray is a favorite all around neutral. 3. Yellow chevron removable temporary wallpaper found here. GASP! 4. Guitar Water color can be found here on Etsy. 5. Pottery Barn Kids bedding 6. Curtains from West Elm  7. Wire basket from Pottery Barn 8. Mesa glider from Posh Tots 9. Bazaar pouf from West Elm 10. Dhurrie rug from West Elm 11. Retro Vespa & VW blankie can be found here on Etsy 12. St. Jude Owls from West Elm 13. Reclaimed wood shelving 14. Music typography can be found here on Etsy 15. Cross found here on Etsy 16. Note found here on Etsy 17. Diaper caddy 18. Camp Extra-Wide dresser from Pottery Barn Kids