Stories 2016 | Hopelessly Devoted

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When I was visiting Ashley and Brad - and my grandsons - and - well, especially this little guy, Samuel was struggling with colic. He struggled to get settled. He didn't seem to find a peaceful sleep even when he was sleeping. He kept his mom and dad up with his painful cries. So, of course, exhaustion there. Here are prayers that the colic subsides and this little guys face begins to resemble a happy baby. The mischievous faces here might be a beginning. 

Digital notes: One Little Bird, Cheri kit


Prayers for my husband from his head to his feet | Day 23

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Prayers for my husband’s peace

I pray my husband rejoices in the Lord always and that he is gentle and I pray he is not anxious about anything, but in every situation, with prayer and petition and with thanksgiving, my husband present his requests to You, O Lord. And Your peace, which transcends all understanding will guard his heart and his mind in Christ Jesus. I pray he thinks about whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, and anything that is excellent or praiseworthy. Whatever he has learned, or received, or heard from You, O Lord, I pray he puts it into practice; Then, the God of peace will be with him (Philippians 4:6-8).

I pray my husband will submit to You Lord, and be a man of peace and rest, and give him rest from all his enemies on every side and in this way prosperity will come to him (1 Chronicles 22:9; Job 22:21). Give strength to my husband. Help him to turn from evil and do good; I pray he does not just seek peace but pursues it. I pray he loves your Word and does not stumble under it. Bless him with great peace (Psalm 29:11; Psalm 34:14; Psalm 119:165). Keep my husband in Your perfect peace as he remains steadfast and trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).

I pray true instruction is in his mouth and nothing false is ever found on his lips. I pray he walks with You in peace and uprightness, and turns from any sin (Malachi 2:6). I pray there is no wickedness found in my husband, but only righteousness for there is no peace for the wicked but for the righteous there is peace, quietness and confidence forever (Isaiah 32:17; 48:22).

I pray my husband is a peacemaker; a man who promotes peace in his home, in his work, and in his community for It is to his honor and his blessing that he avoid strife, making every effort to do what leads to peace and building others up according to their needs and so that Your peace will rest on him (Matthew 5:9; 10:13; Luke 10:6; Proverbs 20:3; Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:29).


Prayers for my husband from his head to his feet | Day 4

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Find all 31 Days of Prayers for my husband (from his head to his feet) here.

Prayers for courage

Has the Lord not commanded? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord our God will be with my husband wherever he goes (Joshua 1:9). Thank you Father for this blessed assurance, for this certainty in an uncertain world, that You O Lord, will be with my husband. I pray he looks to You Lord and waits for You, his God and his salvation. I thank You that You will hear him and that he can rejoice when he falls because You will raise him up and when he sits in darkness, it is Your light, O Lord, that will shine on him (Micah 7:7-8).

Remind my husband again. Whisper loudly, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, because of any unknowns, because of any concerns, because of any fears, for You, O Lord, are his God. You go with him; You will never leave him nor forsake him (Deuteronomy 31:6).

I pray for my husband to be strong and courageous, and do the work You have set before him. I pray he is not afraid of new challenges, new jobs, and that he not get discouraged, for You are with him. Do not fail or forsake my husband until all the work for the service of the Lord is accomplished (1 Chronicles 28:20) and that his courage during perilous times does not melt away (Psalm 107:26).

Surely God is my husband’s salvation; he can trust and not be afraid. The Lord himself is my husbands’ strength and his defense; He has become his salvation (Isaiah 12:2). May he be on guard, standing firm in the faith; may he be courageous; may he be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13); one who is not afraid when faced with hard decisions or difficult situations but doing what is right and keeping a clear conscience. Father, You have not given my husband a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. Do not let him be ashamed for doing the right thing. And even when he is mocked or ridiculed for doing what is right, I pray those who speak maliciously against his good behavior that is in Christ, may be ashamed of their slander (1 Peter 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7-8). Remind my husband during these times that as the heavens are higher than the earth, Your ways and thoughts are higher than his (Isaiah 55:8-9) and that Your way and will is good, perfect and pleasing (Romans 12:2b).


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I am dreaming of finishing up decorating our bedroom. Just a few more things to 'finish' and make it what I dream about. This table runner. Love it. Perfect for our dresser. Or maybe this one.

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I am crushing over this lamp. I seriously WANT it. We only have the over-the-head light (with the fan) and it doesn't put out a 'good' light. I'm thinking only 1 lamp, on my side of the bed. While I don't read in bed, mostly because I have no light next to my bed, I may start if I get this lamp. It's beautifully blue and white. 

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Cloth napkins make wonderful side table doilies. Indigo Shibori dyed napkins would be gorgeous on our bedside tables.

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Pillows, Pillows, and more pillows. Sure, they'll just been thrown to the side when we get into bed but they look so pretty and we often have 'conversations' in our room - for privacy - that a couple of pillows to lean on or lie on would be comfortable when we're doing some serious conversating.

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I'm not sure what I'd do with these baskets, but I want them! I could definitely use the small basket on my bedside table and the large one could hold extra blankets I guess. Or books!

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I made this painting to hang centered on the wall between our pencil posts over our bed. I have a love-hate relationship going on with this painting. I'm loving it right now and eager for Jeff to hang it.

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I could always get this painting. Gorgeous! And, look how wonderful it looks with gray walls.

My Pinterest Bedroom board is filled to the brim with Indigo blues and white that I would love any of for our bedroom. I'm still hunting a hanging lamp or sconce for over my red chair. Red is the touch of color in a sea of blues and white.


Stories 2016 | like a boss

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Milestone: Samuel Cole at one month lifts his head up of his mom's shoulders - like a boss! Ashley came up with the term - like a boss - for this milestone and I love it! Samuel must have 'leaped' at this new accomplishment because when I was [just] visiting he didn't seem anywhere near being able to be 'like a boss' and lift up his head and himself - by himself. Go Samuel!

Digitally: Template by Sahlin Designs; papers by One Little Bird Designs; embellishments: One Little Bird Designs, Sahlin Designs, and Ali Edwards Story kits


Stories 2016 | Old New

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We've lived in the same house for almost 20 years. I love that. We've put down roots. It's a good little house. But, it desperately needs some tender loving care. We've done some fantastic things that have made me fall in love with my house once again like gorgeous deep dark walnut wood flooring in the living room, hall, and master bedroom. We've tiled the kitchen and front entrance. 

I have a long list of things I'd like to see happen giving our home a fresh look and those things that can withstand times. Of course, things like a high end roof treatment and the good-stuff siding. Jeff recently built front steps, wider, the length of the stoop, and shorter for my weakened legs that have trouble on stairs. He's also, currently, doing the preparations for a new front porch. Cannot wait!

Something little that makes a powerful punch was changing the drab, sun-faded, bleached sea blue door with bright, shiny Sherwinn-Williams Teal Endeavor outdoor paint. Definitely makes a statement. We have new outdoor lighting for next to the front door, for the garage door, and for next to the garage side door. We will be ordering new door hardware also. It's gonna' look awesome.

But, until all of it gets completed it still looks really good!


what I'm lovin' these days

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These Royal Doulton Pacific Mug Set of 6. I bought them specifically for our small group to use. They are so pretty and so me. I love indigo and cobalt blues with white. I use them everyday (even though I'm acquiring mugs from travels and mugs that I just love).

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Bath and Body Works Room Sprays. When I was visiting Ashley she was using these room sprays and I fell hard for their smells. Just yummy and delightful. Perfect for the coming fall season. She gave me three of them (they made it through airport scanners - yeah!!) and I'm already using them here at the house. Inviting!

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Living Proof 5 in 1 Styling Treatment. Again, while visiting Ashley I borrowed her shampoo and conditioner, blow dryer, and something to style my hair with. She handed me living proof I'd like my hair even though it is longer than I usually like. This is amazing! My hair is silky smooth and holds the style in place all day long. Love it! 

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Out of Print Banned Books Tote Bag. This is my go-to library bag now and I love it. It's stylish and roomy enough for at least 5 good-sized books (and even cookbooks which are normally bigger). It makes going to the library so much more fun!

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A newly painted Teal Endeavor front door. Oh, yes! Yes! I get a happy face every time I pull up the drive and endeavor towards this beautiful brilliant teal door. Love this so much.


welcome fall.

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I ache for the oppressive Savannah heat and humidity to fade into cool, clean, crisp days when the leaves begin to see a touch of rich warm vibrant colors and the skies clear of the summer filth and haze becoming brilliant blue once again.

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And, I can breathe again.

There is nothing like a dutch oven filled to the brim of bubbly hot and fragrant tomato basil soup with specialty gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to welcome fall.

This glorious meal is on the menu this week.

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I can't wait to smell the tomatoes and garlic drizzled with olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper roasting in the oven; see the plump tomatoes bubbling in the steaming pot of chicken stock; and pick the fresh basil and rosemary from the window garden giving the herbs a brisk chop thereby releasing their rustic, sweet aromatic smell, then adding them to the brimming pot where the flavors will mingle and marinade. 

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It is mouth-watering goodness.

The best finisher to this gourmet soup is grated Pecorino Romano cheese. My boys would say a few toasted crunchy croutons but, me, I like to finish this soup with the deep nutty flavors of Romano cheese.

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But, the culminating meal-finisher-extraordinaire is the crusty grilled cheese sandwiches where the 'crusty' equals rich sweet creamy butter, shredded Parmesan cheese, and lots of finely chopped garlic pressed together and lathered on thick sourdough bread slices. The glorious sandwiches are then filled with sweet smokey delicatessen ham and spicy chipotle cheese and a layer of flavor-bursting Roma tomatoes sprinkled with Italian seasonings.  

Divine.

Excited.

Can't wait.

Welcome fall. You've been a long time coming.

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 Deeply entrenched into the Word of God as I continue an in-depth study of 1 & 2 Peter with a small group of ladies, I felt the urge for even more. Not wanting to miss any Bible study Beth Moore has to offer, because she takes me to the brink and sends me careening over into the far-reaches of the Word of God, I downloaded her brand new video series, Entrusted and ordered the companion study book. I will dwell in 2 Timothy. I cried when I read the introduction to the study.

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Where will this study take me?

And there's more.

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Just as summer moves into glorious fall I must move into a season of speak-able gratitude. Laying on my heart, pressing in hard, is the unmistakable desire to acknowledge the One who gives it all.

Every. Single. Gift.

Beginning in October, and for as long as necessary, I am going to record one-thousand gifts God has blessed me with. Inspired by the words penned by Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience and One Thousand Gifts, I, too, will pen one-thousand gifts.

I want to see Him move.

I want to know He is God.

I want to hear a fresh sound from Heaven.

I want to feel the very Presence of God.

I want to be changed.

Welcome fall. It's a brand new season.

 

 

 

 

 


Friday, with a cup of coffee | 10

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(The photo above is in honor of Jarrod, my son, who is 90% cream and 10% coffee.)

Students comfort their grieving classmates with locker notes. Unbelievably kind and compassionate!

If you listen to anything over and over again listen to a spoken word poem by David Bowden called I AM. This is amazing! You will be changed!

Oh, my! "...That trip from the sand to the water? That’s critical turtle training ground. It’s what gives baby turtles a better chance of survival."  This is a wonderful read. About baby turtles. About raising kids. So beautiful, insightful, and worth every moment of a parents time.

Having recently done my own study on godly submission, and even more so, a wives submission to her husband, I read this article with fist bumps [in agreement].

Here's another great post on parenting kids and making the most of your time with them. While we only have two 19-year old boys/men left in our house we have grandchildren and thus, our kids having kids make articles like this worth my time.

How to practice the presence of God: "The time of business does not differ with me from the time of prayer" - Brother Lawrence; "You don’t practice His presence. You practice being present to His presence in this present moment. Practicing the presence of God is the practice of self-discipline." - Ann Voskamp

Dream Hidden Room Bookshelves (and that desk!). Oh my! How wonderful are those 'hidden room' bookshelves!


2016 Reading Challenge | Update

 

Reaching my goal of reading 52 New Books in 2016 was a resounding success. A lofty goal met with plenty of time to spare. In that spare time I am afforded the opportunity to 'catch up' on Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2016 Reading Challenge. While I am participating, but because I started late into the year, I'm not truly following along and reading the books in any particular order or in any particular month.

I thought I'd share a bit of an update, a state-of-the-reading-challenge address so to speak.

As you can see I am moving right along.

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  • A book published this year Apprentice in Death by JD Robb

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  • A book you can finish in a day Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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  • A book you've been meaning to read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller (I'm going to have to ask the next time I'm at the library)
  • A book you should have read in school (Books I'm considering: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or Night by Elie Wiesel)

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  • A book chosen by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF Night Probe by Clive Cussler

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  • A book published before you were born The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • A book that was banned at some point (Books I'm considering: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou or The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger)
  • A book you own but have never read (Book I'm considering: In the Woods by Tania French)

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  • A book that intimidates you  Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  • A book you've already read at least once (Books I'm considering: The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian)

I have five books left on this challenge and just over three months to get-er done. Few qualms exist that I will accomplish this goal as well. The biggest excitement...I'm reading!