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Reflections of Joy

My 7-year-old, Parker, has been writing stories lately. These stories are always wildly imaginative. Her latest story is entitled, “The Zoo is the Greatest Place on Earth.” The zoo in her story is not just any ‘ol zoo. Oh, no, it features special animals like polka dotted polar bears and pink penguins. Who wouldn’t love to visit a zoo like that?

My girl is a natural storyteller. When she shares her stories with me, great joy can be seen in her eyes, and heard in her voice.

Her joy of telling a story got me thinking about my 2013 One Word: Joy. We all seems to be quick to move on these days. We’re busy, busy, busy. We move on to the next big thing, leaving little, or no time for reflection.

It’s important that we “stop and smell the roses” on occasion if we truly want to understand where we’ve been, how far we have come, and to see the road ahead more clearly.

2013 Joy |  I think focusing on the word joy for 2013 made me stop and look for it intentionally. Having joy takes effort. It’s a choice we make. And, I chose joy (most of the time).

I took time to do things that brought me joy, of course, but I also took the time to look for joy in the little things around me everyday. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard to find. See, looking for it does work!

Joy

Reflecting…

I found Joy in glorious sunrises out my back door. Joy in nature. Joy in autumn smells, color and weather. Joy in His word, usually when I wasn’t looking for it. Funny how that worked. Joy in my children’s’ laughter. Joy in watching the girls grow into the young ladies they are becoming. Joy in the mess of craft days. Oh, yes, there is joy in glitter, everywhere. Joy in photography, and trips to the mountains. You get the idea…

So, before you rush into 2014, take a moment to reflect on the last 365 days you’ve lived. That is a lot of days. Were they well spent? Did you use them to your advantage? Did you accomplish what you wanted in 2013; where did you fall short? How have you grown personally, professionally, or spiritually?

Before we can see where we’re going, we need to know where we’ve been.

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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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7 reasons why I love that my kids love Duck Dynasty

Airing on A&E Wednesday nights, Duck Dynasty is a reality show that follows the antics of a fun loving bearded Louisiana duck call mogul family. The Robertson’s, looking more like a ZZ Top cover band than the millionaires that they are, have a huge fan following.

The numbers don’t lie. This season’s premiere of Duck Dynasty was the most watched non-fiction series in cable television history with 11.8 million viewers.

And, my kids love it!

Most reality shows on TV today are mind-numbing-train-wreck-of-girls-behaving-badly-stab-you-in-the-back-scream-in-your-face-at-high-octives-and-profanity-laced programming. (Think Dance Moms, Real Housewives, anything Kardashian.)

Okay, full disclosure here. My little guilty pleasure is the original Real Housewives of OC, and it’s really just for “research” to see how the other half lives and thinks. (wink) But, I don’t want my kids watching it!

So, why would I love that my girls love a reality show? (Seriously? Didn’t you at least chuckle at that video above?)

  1. I don’t need to have a long discussion about inappropriate or lewd behavior. It’s not your typical reality show as stated above. Actually, they call it a “docu-style sitcom”, and it’s film more like a sitcom.
  2. They value family. The Robertson family loves one another. They bicker without holding a grudge. They tease without meanness in their heart. They irritate without screaming and dropping the f-bomb every other sentence.
  3. They are funny. Scripted, or not, this family, with their Southern charm and sharp wit, is laugh-out-load funny.
  4. The show has a counter-cultural message with its Christian family values, traditional gender roles, and mutual respect  for each other, and their spouses. There is no profanity, no twerking, and no cat-fights. They end each show thanking God for what He has done for them while sitting around the dinner table. Jase Robertson’s personal motto: God. Family. Ducks. In that order.”
  5. It’s a rags to riches story. From dirt poor, addictions, humble beginnings of making duck calls in the backyard shed to running a successful family business, filming a wildly popular TV show, writing books, and managing lucrative merchandising deals. Don’t believe me about the merchandising? Just take a trip to Walmart sometime. It’s the American dream. If these guys can make it big by making, of all things, duck calls, then so can I.
  6. They eat squirrel and frog legs. My inner Missouri country girl smiles.
  7. They are authentic. They claim the show is only “scripted” in the sense that the producers put the Robertson family in situations just to sit back and see how it plays out. It’s long been reported that these guys can be difficult — refusing to recite lines, or go along with a story line – instead they say what they please. And honestly, I don’t care. I am in it for the message.

All this makes for a “Happy, Happy, Happy” Wednesday night in our house.

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A few new designs at Redbubble

I have been offering my designs and photography for sale over at Redbubble for a few months now. Gettin’ my feet wet. There is no sweeter email than one that has a subject line of: You Have A Sale.

The most popular design in my shop:

do justly t-shirt

I’ve been working to add more typography inspired designs to my shop, such as…

christian t-shirts

Now that I have done a little shameless plug for my Redbubble shop, can I ask for one more thing?

Our cal-de-sac needs your prayers. Hubby is going in for back surgery on the 19th, my best girlfriend is having a double mastectomy on the 14th, our neighbor’s kid is having neck surgery this week, and my other neighbor is having nerve problems in her leg and arm which the doctors can’t figure out why. What a cal-de-sac we make! God bless.

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Linking up with The 36th Avenue.

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What are you going to do when you grow up?

I was asked (again) last week, “What do you want to do when you ‘grow up’?” Now that is a loaded question.

Since I left the printing industry in May to stay home with the kids, I have asked myself that same question. I want to do something involving photography…but what exactly? I haven’t nailed that down yet. I know better what I don’t want to do. I don’t want to be a wedding or portrait photographer.

Nature, landscape, insect photography is what my heart wants. Okay, so I do know what I want, but now what?

I have been researching, and taking workshops and classes hoping (praying) it would come to me, like in a vision or a light bulb being turned on.

Enter Redbubble. Have you heard of it?

Redbubble is quite simply the finest and most diverse creative community and marketplace on the interlink. There, we said it. With artists and designers hailing from every corner of the globe, displaying eye opening talent, skill, passion and enthusiasm for all forms of creativity there really is no better place for you to get your artistic kicks.”

So, here I am on Rebubble, diving in head first!

Redbubble offers all sorts of products including note cards, matted prints, just prints, framed prints, canvas, posters, calendars, t-shirts, iPhone & iPad cases, and stickers from highly talented photographers, illustrators and digital artists.

Of course, I can’t deny my graphic designer instincts. I designed these t-shirt and hoodies with 2 of my favorite Bible verses. Each will be available in 4 different contemporary colors.

Or, how about an iPhone case? Yep, I have designed those too!

So, you know, if you need to do some holiday shopping…head on over and check it out. Let me know what you think too! I will be adding more photos soon.

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Simple advice for faithful living.

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An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a spiritually enlightening book with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a CD while driving that can help improve your quality of life..
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you Jesus .’
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”

(Romans  8:31)

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This was in my Inbox this morning from my cousin Michelle. Simple advice for faithful living. Thanks ‘cuz!

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