Monday, February 20, 2017

A SUBJECT CLOSE TO MY HEART...






Son #1 has been busy this past year!  A documentary (his first) he's been working on is getting ready to be revealed this weekend.  When he showed us the trailer recently, it really excited me because last winter I was part of a women's Wednesday night class called "Getting Creative with God," where we learned about and explored different forms of creativity and how it relates to our personal walk with God. We got away from the normal lecture type class and did a lot of fun hands-on activities! 

This project is similar in exploring our creativity and our relationship with The Creator,  and I'm thrilled the singer/songwriter asked him to go with her on this journey!   Check out the trailer:  https://youtu.be/aNGf1GlfsXg




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LOVING THIS WARM WINTER...

An unseasonably warm winter - just the way I like it!  We biked Saturday and it was in the 60's in the morning.  By afternoon it had climbed into the 80's!  After biking on January 4 (I think that was the warm day in January) and then this past weekend, we decided we should go for a goal:  Take a bike ride in every month of the year!  Hopefully we'll get to do it!  We'll document on Instagram.
 This is on 4th street in OKC - close to Bricktown - it's our favorite downhill on the way back!
 One of the many sights along our way from Katy Trail to Bricktown.
 The best thing about our bike rides is it's usually followed by something tasty - these are the crepes at One Cafe in Edmond.  They aren't very colorful but they are filled with goodies!



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

PURSUING HIS PRESENCE...

This year I don't have ONE WORD.  I have three:  Pursue His Presence.  I was listening online to a speaker and she mentioned this in her talk.  I grabbed hold of those three little words and knew that was a beautiful way to express what I want to focus on in my spiritual life.

Forget the dictionary, I know what PURSUE means.  To go after, to seek without stopping, to keep trying...and not get discouraged when things interrupt me and make me feel like I've failed.

I wrote it on my kitchen sign the other day for all the world to see.  At least, all the people in my little world!  Then decided to go for it and show the world.  Maybe it will encourage someone else to have a word, a phrase, or something that will encourage them to focus on bigger than themselves.

                                              


Monday, January 30, 2017

UPCYCLE A CANVAS PAINTING...


I have to admit that our bedroom is probably the last place I think about, as far as decor.  But after we got a new bathroom floor, I promptly moved on to our adjoining bedroom to declutter and do a little sprucing up!  Feng shui says your bedroom should be a place of calm (without a bunch of junk in it).  I believe that in theory!  But never really practiced it.  It became a dumping ground for old decor.  I am going for a simpler look and life, so I removed a chair, some throw pillows laying around and lots of knick-knacks.  Then there was this really large, faded picture on the mantle.  I decided to see what I could do to update it.

 I decided to make it into a burlap sign.  I popped the canvas out of the frame and stapled a piece of burlap onto it.  Then I found a saying I liked.  I had to read a few things on Pinterest since it had been so long since I painted letters on burlap, but I ended up printing the letters off from a large font on the computer, then just placing them underneath the burlap where I could see them slightly.  Then just tried to paint with a steady hand.  It's not perfect, but it's something fresh for our bedroom!




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AN EVENING OF ENCOURAGEMENT...



Several years ago I read Jen Hatmaker's book, 7, when some of my family did an experiment using principles from the book.  Jen is very thought provoking and funny.  A night out that I thought might just be a night of laughter was filled with really rich sharing and encouragement from her:

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB)
Or
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)

It's funny how we can get caught up in words.  When Jen first started talking about this scripture, I was thinking in my head "He has not given us the spirit of timidity." I guess that's the version I grew up with!  But she never used the word timidity.  She used the word FEAR as in other versions.  

Sometimes I get hung up on vocabulary.  Can't get past it.  My brain starts thinking about what that one word really means, etc., and then I miss the whole point of the passage.  I think I was hung up on TIMIDITY.   Do you ever do that?

But Jen really pounded down the point of not letting FEAR cripple us.  We should not live in fear.  Whatever our ailment, whatever is wrong in our relationships, our job, our finances, our country, our life, we don't have to live in fear!  She shared some things that happened in her family in a short time span - teenager troubles, her own health problem, her brother and mother with issues and she admitted she was angry.  Here she was - she works for God! Everything precious to her that she had protected seemed to be getting attacked.  She was not exempt from problems. She was fearful.  Then she remembered, God is good.  She confided in her friends.  She was thankful.  I love it that she also shared this - remembering.  How did she remember?  She was filling her mind with good things, scripture, praise to God in the good times. (Col. 3:2) She did not give in to FEAR but tried to rely on God's power, love, and discipline.  She is now able to share this story to others and remind us not to FEAR.

  We do not have to live in fear!  WE LIVE.

Thankful to share this evening with my daughter and my new daughter!  Thankful my alma mater provides encouragement in this way.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DECLUTTERING IS MY MIDDLE NAME...

This is the year it is going to happen!  No big projects that I know of happening in my life or ministry and so I am declaring that nothing will stop me this year!  I've already gotten a good start in the laundry room and upstairs linen closet so you get to see my handiwork!  I've made two trips so far to donate.  Win-win!  Every time we get bad weather it's good for me because it makes me stay home for extended periods of time to get these jobs done.

One way I am staying motivated is to watch a youtube video on decluttering (there are many) right before I get to work.  Do you have any tricks to get psyched up for chores you need to do?



 All cleaned up

Before and After





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MORE THAN I EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEWER LINES...

We've had some issues with clogged toilets and backup into our bathtub the last few months.  The Hubs worked on it some and was finally tired of it  - so we called Roto-Rooter.  They couldn't find any problems but told us we needed to put in a sewer cleanout  in the yard...

So we had thought we had just had some minor clog that had been resolved, but the week of Christmas it all started again.  I joined Angie's List and found a reputable plumber who turned out to be great. Their business name - Plumb Crazy!  They were great - punctual and hardworking!  Four or five trips to the house later, it was discovered via camera that an addition onto our house (before we owned it) had been placed over the sewer cleanout, which is a big no-no.  I think the addition was in the 1990s so apparently it was fine for a long time, but no more!

We ended up with this in our master bathroom:








This is another break in the line in the yard that was discovered


BUT the best news in this whole mess is that I was able to get a new bathroom floor!  We had actually given this bathroom a facelift in 2015 by painting the woodwork, the walls, and the ceiling, and also getting a frameless shower door.  The only thing we did not do was put in a new floor or light fixtures.  So I was thrilled to get a new floor!  



Isn't she lovely?