Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! Last week we had an amazing party.  Your creativity blew me away. I can't wait to see what you bring to the party this week! If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog...   Meditating | It’s JoyDay! Plus...Project Inspire{d} Link Party Features: Creative Home Decor DIY Ideas to Inspire You Stop back during the week for more extraordinary goodness. And now... on with the party! Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane … [Read more...]

  Sometimes we just need a little perspective...   Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.   Isaiah 55:9 Those days when things aren't going my way... this is a good verse to ponder. It simply reminds me that I don't know the whole story... see the whole picture... or have the wisdom to know what's best for that situation.  What I need to do instead... is trust God. You have looked deep into my heart, Lord,     and you know all about me. You know when I am resting or when I am working,     and from heaven you discover my … [Read more...]

  I don't know about you... but when the weather warms up and the seasons change, I can't wait to get DIYing around the house.  In fact, I've got a fun project underway right now. If you've got the itch to make something beautiful for your home, you're going to LOVE the features from this week's Project Inspire{d}!  Be sure to pin your favorites, too.     Creative Home Decor DIY Ideas to Inspire You   DIY Geometric Globe Pendant Light :: Atta Girl Says Colander Flower Planter :: Two Twenty One DIY Picture Frame Collage Chalkboard :: Giggles Galore Magnolia Market Inspired … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! What a great weekend!  We had amazing weather with clear blue skies and temps in the mid 70's.  That meant time walking the beach, enjoying gorgeous sunsets, a little work, a little play, church, and helping a friend get her home staged for sale.  The forsythia bushes popped into color almost overnight, too.  I'm sure this summer-like weather won't last... but it sure was nice. I'm so glad you're here!  We have a great link party in store for you today and would love it if you'd share and tweet the news... there's always room to meet and greet more … [Read more...]

  The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. Lamentations 3:22-23 If there is one truth that we can and should remember every single day it's this.... God's love never ends.  This intimate personal love He has for each of us never stops.  So much so that every morning when we awake... God has more love to greet us in the new day. When my husband speaks to children, there is ONE thing he always wants to be sure they know.  "God loves you."  He repeats it often.  When he was growing up his family sat at the front of the church... … [Read more...]

  What a change!  The sun has been out three days in a row and we hit the high 60's today.  Yay!  I've even walked the beach twice.  Barefooted.  After a winter of WiFi and all things electronic... I so needed to "reground" myself again.  I even skipped lunch to sit in the sun on the sand... barefooted... wearing jeans, a turtleneck, a sweater, and my spring windbreaker.  It was breezy and chilly right by the water... but so glorious for my spirit and totally energizing. I am so excited... more sun is on the way and you can bet I'll manage to soak in its warmth for a few minutes each day... at … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! This weekend I got together with some of my blogging friends to bring you a very fun Mason jar blog hop filled with fun ideas for Mother's Day AND a lovely GIVEAWAY as well.  Be sure to scroll down to check it out and enter to win in the giveaway. I clicked on the weather forecast this morning and noticed that there is some sun expected every day this week.  Wheeeee!!  AND it looks like we might even hit 60 degrees by the end of the week.  Things are looking up my friends!! I have to say I'm a bit envious of all of you who have been enjoying your pretty spring … [Read more...]

  Lord...  I will exalt you in praise... For you have done extraordinary things. Isaiah 25:1 NET Download this frameable 5x7 graphic for personal use HERE.   3 Ways to Overcome Overwhelm It's a brand-new squeaky-clean week.  Are you excited for what lies ahead? Sometimes we cannot wait to greet the first day of the week!  We're full of joy, ready to zoom off at full speed. Other times, we feel used up and worn out and it's just Sunday.  We look ahead and sigh, already worn down with not-so-positive anticipation. Where are you as we begin a new week?   Not long ago I came … [Read more...]

    Mother's Day comes at one of my most favorite times of the year... flower planting time. If I could give Mom the ultimate gift for her special day, I'd create an English cottage-style garden with a white picket fence filled with all her favorite pretty flowers. It would be so fun to design, shop for, and create. Around Mother's Day all the garden shops and greenhouses are brimming over with the most beautiful flowers and plants of the season.  All that goodness makes my heart swell with joy and anticipation.  I don't know that there is anything I like better than to go greenhouse … [Read more...]

  Have you checked the calendar lately?  It's April and it's supposed to be spring.  How can that be true if I'm wearing my winter parka and writing with a big fluffy blanket across my lap?  It must be a bad dream and I'll wake up from it, any moment.  In the meantime, I'm going to concentrate on creating something beautiful today and at the end of the day looking back to answer the question, "Where did I see God today?"  One thing is for sure... doing just those two things will make cold days warm and happy.  You know... we can't control a lot in life... but we can choose our happiness.  Hmmm...  I wrote … [Read more...]

  I hope you didn't feel any pressure by the question, Did You Create Something Beautiful Today? When you hear the words create, creative, or creativity... what comes to mind? A few days ago I needed to stretch my legs, but the wind was so fierce and the skies were randomly opening up with a creative mixture of precipitation, so I drove over to one of the ubiquitous shopping areas every medium sized town has. I first hit the dollar spot at TarJay and walked away empty handed. Then, just a few doors down, I popped into the HobLob. As I was cruising the aisles a journal on one of their end caps caught … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! Hope you've had a wonderful week. It's Spring Break time for many.  If you live in my part of the world... it's a great time to travel south and enjoy some warm temps.  We braved several inches of snow... but that didn't keep us from enjoying the week and getting some springy projects accomplished... like the pretty wreath below that makes me smile every time I pass it by. I'm so glad you're here!  We have a great link party in store for you today and would love it if you'd share and tweet the news... there's always room to meet and greet more … [Read more...]

  Today I was reading Emily Freeman's email, Let's Share What We Learned in March, where she briefly mentioned how valuable it is to her to look back at the end of the day and ask questions like, where did I see God today?  It really got me thinking.  Until last fall, I had a daily practice of writing down 10 things for which I was grateful at the end of each day.  A big change in my routine caused me to abandon that practice.  I regret it a bit.  Maybe that's why asking the question, "Where did I see God today?" caught my attention.     Do you evaluate your day before you turn in … [Read more...]

  This week I've seen crocuses and daffodils and pussy willows in bloom. I hope they don't get ruined with all the rain, sleet, and snow in our forecast for the next week.  Spring is pretty wonderful... but... oh my! is she ever fickle.  While she makes up her mind... I'm going to get my creative juices flowing and have a little fun.  And... I just might be found trying out a few of these fresh fruity recipes from this week's Project Inspire{d}! Hope you have a wonderfully creative and tasty weekend too!     17 Yummy Fresh and Fabulous Fruity Recipes    Blueberry Muffin … [Read more...]

  There's something so inviting about a pretty wreath gracing a front door. We all want to have beautiful, warm, welcoming homes.  But getting there... can sometimes be a challenge.     Do you ever watch Fixer Upper or some other home show and think, "She makes that look so easy."  "Everything is so beautifully and artfully arranged." or "I wish I could do that." You know what?  You can! It just takes a little practice. The first time I arranged flowers, created a wreath, or plied my hand at some creative project... usually it was just okay. The great thing was... I … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.  It was so beautiful here we were able to take some nice long walks... observe kids on various egg hunts... attend two great services at church... take in a gorgeous sunset.... and enjoy the beginnings of spring.  How was YOUR weekend? I'm so glad you're joining us for.... Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some … [Read more...]

Something happened on Good Friday. I was preparing my Facebook posts for the An Extraordinary Day page... it wasn't something I wanted to do... I was just going through the motions... and then I found myself going from being detached... to totally desiring to speak and share Truth.  God's Truth.  Jesus' sacrifice. Something happened to my heart in the midst of writing and preparing those posts. Our church had a Good Friday service which we attended.  For several weeks I had struggled to join in the corporate singing.  But that night, I easily sang those songs.  I sang Truth.  And worshiped.  Really … [Read more...]