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I’ve Moved

This blog has moved to a new, modern home. There you will find posts about faith, family and creative works.

I hope you join me at Have Faith Everyday.

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With a Humble Heart…

This post comes from my friend and co-worker.

In one of the most under-served areas of the Denver metro area, she is on a mission to make a difference in young people’s lives. To show them there is a better life for them, there is someone who truly cares what kind of adult them grow up to be. They are not just a statistic, their story matters.

One of her many projects is The Prom Dress Project at Aurora Central High School. This event brings stylist, low cost (very low cost) prom dresses to those who can’t afford a fancy dress. All to make girls feel like a Princess for one night.

Last night was round one of The Prom Dress Project. Round two is tentatively scheduled for April 1st. She is truly a Small Seed!

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Today was Day ONE of The Prom Dress Project 2015. Cohorts The amazing women of Friends of Aurora Central High School Alumni Association showed up.  In grand fashion.  With a humble heart, I’m happy to say that we helped prom become a reality for seventeen young women.  I didn’t know what to expect, and honestly, I am the type of person that is really outcome oriented.  I see black and white, so very little gray… just ask my husband.  This is what I know. Seventeen young women had the opportunity to experience what it is to have someone come alongside you and show kindness, to know that we’re all a part of the same tribe.

The women in my cohort, oh my dear gracious, there just isn’t enough that I can say about a group of women that just “get it.”  From those who donated their time, to those who…

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Forget Resolutions, Choose One Word

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time of reflecting and setting personal or professional resolutions Or goals.

DID YOU KNOW | One-third of those who make a “resolution” for the new year dump it within 2 weeks, and 50% of the rest say “forget about it” within 2 months.

Anyone who has ever failed at a diet made on January 1st knows resolutions are hard to keep. There has to be something better, right? Something to hold your focus for 365 days.

I have followed Ali Edward’s method for One Little Word for the past 5 years. However, this year I found this awesome website called One Word 365. This is a social site, that is quickly becoming a movement. At One Word 365 you can get word ideas, share your word with others, and find your tribe to help keep you focused for the next 365 days. Pretty cool.

THE CONCEPT | Live purposely. Live your life; who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to focus on. You can choose any word, so long as it is a word that means something to you.

Choosing just one word allows you to focus year around on your goal. I would suggest displaying that word around the house so that it is always in front of you.

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Let’s face it, life gets busy. We “forget” what our goal/word is for the year. It gets shoved to the bottom of the to-do list. If your word is ever present, in front of you, you are more likely to “remember” and not lose your focus.

This could come in the form of a framed quote centered around your word. It could be a hand-stamped word necklace you wear. It could be in the form of home decor sitting on a shelf, or hanging on your wall. Put you word written on sticky notes. Tattoo your word on your forearm. Whatever works for you; I won’t judge.

Some of my One Words that I have chosen in the past:

2009: Be, as in “just be in the moment.”

2010: Faith

2011: Nourish

2012: Explore

2013: Joy

Most years my One Word has “spoke” to me. This year, not so much.

I have chosen to expand this little blog of mine. It’s something I have been wanting and working towards for a few years now. There is a lot to take care of when moving a website. I started blogging to satisfy the voices in my head; the voices that could not speak, but could write. More about my voices later…

It takes a leap of faith that all the writing I have been doing for the past 6 years will pay off. Or, leap off a cliff…

So, after much pondering, my word for 2014 is focused around that goal. Some words that were contenders: Forward, Refocus and {One} Step. But, one word was a clear winner.

My word for 2014: LEAP.

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In the coming weeks I will share this LEAP of expanding this blog. It’s going to be joy-fear kind of thing. You know, when you feel the joy of realizing a goal and the fear of failure collide? That’s joy-fear.

What is your One Little Word for 2014?

***** Add some inspiration to your home decor in 2014. Prints of these, and other, inspirational quotes are available in THE SHOP.

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Christmas Blessings

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Christmas Blessings

Let us never forget that we are truly blessed. Not by the number of presents under the tree…but by His grace. Merry Christmas!

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Something to Ponder this Weekend.

SOMETHING TO PONDER THIS WEEKEND | Recently I wrote about how our family loves the reality show Duck Dynasty, here. I typically do not write about things that would cause a fight. That is not what this blog is about. However, with the recent controversy surrounding what some are calling homo-phobic comments by the shows patriarch, Phil Robertson, to GQ Magazine, I feel I need to put my two cents into the mix.

The big question for me is whether or not Roberston expressing his religious beliefs and quoting the Bible can be labeled as Hate Speech. But first I must know: What exactly constitutes Hate Speech?

Hate Speech Law and Legal Definition: “Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.” {source}

Simply put, an opinion (religious, personal, or otherwise), other than your own, is not Hate Speech. The statement must carry an expression of hatred to be labeled Hate Speech. You may find it to be vulgar, disgusting, repulsive, or intolerant, but that doesn’t mean the opinion/statement carries the intent of hatred.

There seems to be a fine line between personal opinion/beliefs and hate speech these days. Sometimes those lines get blurred in this social media world we live in. And, sometimes we have a knee-jerk reaction to a statement, and rush to label it or that person as racist, a bigot, or anti-whatever.

Phil Robertson was not expressing hatred of a group; he was expressing his American right to his religious beliefs. He was asked his opinion of what he believes is sinful. Like it or not, he gave it.

Never ask a question if you’re not prepared to hear the answer.

This is my opinion: Tolerance on both sides is a must. A group cannot demand tolerance from another group without showing tolerance themselves. We must be quick to love, slow to judge. In this country we still (for now) have the right to express our religious beliefs. Simply expressing what is stated in our Christian Bible is not hate speech. You don’t have to like it, but you have to allow it.

Personally, I choose to base my opinion of someone by how they treat me, strangers, their family, co-workers, etc. It is not my place to judge. I will let God sort that out. I stand behind everyone’s right in this country to speak their mind.  Whether I agree with it, or not. 

Before you throw a stone at Phil Robertson with the media, read GQ the article for yourself (don’t read just the quoted excerpts, which are misleading). Then read the Robertson Family response.

Author Note: I am not defending what Robertson said, only his right to say it. Remember, just because you have the right to say it, doesn’t make it right. Hate-filled name calling does not contribute to the conversation, it only serves to fuel the fire and make you look stupid.

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Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

It’s December 1st. The quiet of November is over…usher in the “beautiful mess” that is December. {sigh}

Over this month I will be creating posts revolving around December Daily. (If you’re not familiar with this month-long documenting of all things December, head over to Ali Edwards to get the 4-1-1.) But, before I can begin December Daily, we must wrap-up Thanksgiving…

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This tween cracks me up…

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Silly 11-year-old

First, she organizes the clothes in her closet by color. At least she’s not a hoarder. And, this weekend she had her first 100 Grand candy bar (from Halloween trick-or-treating). Upon tasting it, she exclaimed, “I love this candy bar! It’s de-lic-ious!” She makes me laugh.

So, I was looking through our Christmas album. Yes, we have an album that is nothing but Christmas! Don’t judge. Anyhoo, it’s funny the gifts Alexandra has asked, prayed, wished, and begged for over the years. When she was 3 it was  a Princess dress. When she was 7 she wanted a Nintendo DS (she had to save her money to buy it). When she was 8 she wished for a Zuca bag, which I sold this weekend on Craigslist. Her short-lived ice skating career is really over. All she wanted when she was 9 was a Kindle Fire. This year it’s a iPod Touch. And, that is all she wants.

All Parker wants this year is a sock monkey. She’s kind of obsessed. Ah, I miss the age when they just wanted something simple.

What are your kids asking for this year? Are the gifts getting more, and more expensive with age?

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