Friday, July 29, 2011

Saturday confessions

1.  I drink waaaaay too much Diet Coke and eat waaaaaay too much ice.

2.  The sound of sweet prayer is music to my ears.....

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3.  "I'm Sorry" are two very powerful words.  For the one who says them.  And for the one who hears them.

4.  I want a new back door that is solid glass so I can see out with no interferences.

5.  I did not change out of my nightgown all day on Thursday. I did take a shower.

6.  Under my feet on this rug is my little one's favorite place.  Why on Earth?

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7.  We have a mess that lives with us.  This is it....

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8.  It is almost August. I am not believing it.

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9.  Most days he's so sweet I could sop him up with a biscuit.

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10.  I just know she's gonna get that way too:-)

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11.  At the end of a long day, thank you Jesus, back-up has arrived!

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12.  By the days end, the kitchen cabinet re-do will be finished! My fingers are crossed......it has only taken approximtely 6 months. Thank you my love:-)

Link up with A Familiar Path and share your Saturday Confessions.

Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why do I fight it?

when it's always so rewarding......

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precious scripture.....

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the priviledge of prayer.......

"Wake up!" I knew exactly what He meant.  I was to literally wake up by setting my alarm earlier than I would otherwise need to and spend time with Him before my day began and my household stirred.  I remembered what a great Bible teacher from England, Dr. Alan Redpath, once said, that what American Christians needed most was blanket victory.... victory over those blankets in the morning!"
Anne Graham Lotz



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sweet music........

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"How many blessings, how many words of encouragement, how many answers to my questions,  how many insights into His Word, how much wisdom have I missed because I just haven't patiently persisted in my pursuit of His voice?"
Anne Graham Lotz

Sunday, July 24, 2011

House crashers

Is that what they would call us? I don't know. We {as in the girls in this family} love to ride around looking at houses. Doesn't really make much difference to us....

could be ones we've seen a bajillion times, but we just really like it, or it could be something new. It could be near or far. This brings to mind a story..... a few years ago, my mother asked me if I would like to go to the Parade of Homes. This is something we do often so I was all in. Well, this particular tour was supposed to be in Georgia. Several hours into the trip, I saw a sign that said Tennessee. Oh yea! She had drug me all the way to Tennessee! Ofcourse to this day, she denies it! I swore that was my last Parade of Homes trip with her.......it wasn't.

One of our favorite locations is the Fairhope/Foley area. We love the architecture and style of those homes. They're all so homey and inviting.

We really love it when the homes are open to the public. We get to nosey through and get new ideas. There is one major difference in the homes we tour and the homes we actually live in.......

it's called budget.

But none-the-less, it's still fun.

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Love these doors.

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Love these doors and columns.

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Love the entry, doors, and porch. Notice the mailbox post....love it too.

One reason we love Fairhope/Foley is because of these beautiful trees....
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Love the deep porch, all the different materials---stone, brick, shingles, and I love the color combination.

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Love the front door, the wreath, and the chairs.

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Love the open space, the lighting, and all the cabinet space.

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Love, love, love the exposed brick wall, the accent colors, and the windows!
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Love the sideboard and the accessories.

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Love these chairs.

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Totally love this pantry door!

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Love these hand and bath towels from Pottery Barn.

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Completely in love with this bright, airy, and spacious kitchen with the farmhouse sink and hardwood floors. I love hardwood floors in a kitchen. The only thing I would change is my floors would look more like these.....
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If I could talk my sweet, dear husband into these doors, I'd have one like this at every entrance. They make me smile:-)
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And the gas lanterns are icing on the cake!
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"House crashing" is definitely one of my most favorite hobbies! Call me crazy, but it lights my fire!

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Inconvenience or blessing

" You are not managing an inconvenience but raising a human being."
by: Kittie Frantz

On a daily basis, I have to remind myself....

"I am not managing an inconvenience but raising a human being."

Does that sound as harsh to you as it does to me?

 Of course I love my children more than I can ever imagine loving anything else. There's no other love like it.

But even though that is a fact, I find myself much too often wishing I could "have a minute of peace." Or " just a second to myself".  

I am a task-oriented, get the job done, organized, don't throw a kink in my plans kind of fool. Children do NOT fit that description in any shape, form, or fashion!

And even though I remind this "I'm busy, got to get it done, no time for play, I'm on a schedule" OCD self of that, I still fail. Miserably.

Grace, Grace. God's Grace. Grace that is greater than all our sins.

Thankfully, God gives me chance after chance. And when I take hold of those chances, the rewards are sweet. Sweet. Sweet.

I get to........

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build bridges out of pillows and see how far we can jump......

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read stories......

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of none other than heavy equipment........

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then attend an auction.......

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and then go to the car sale........

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managed by Buzz and Woody......in all shapes and sizes.......

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have a little picnic......

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and by all means, let's be a "real" man.......

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hang out with Bo, the fox look-a-like.......

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then race him up......

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and down the driveway......

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admire the blue skies......

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lounge around......

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hang around......

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then sleeping beauty arises from her slumber and joins us......

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check the mail.....

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make time for a meltdown.......

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then some pickin'......

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then some lovin'.......

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take a wild ride......

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enjoy the ride together.......

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smile for mama.......

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chill out......

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I'm not sure......

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not sure again.......

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check out our one and only rotten tomato.......

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wave to the neighbors.......

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And at the end of these days, I am reminded.....

these precious ones are a "priority blessing", not an inconvenience.