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It's time for Project Inspire{d}!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day I'm so excited that you could join us tonight.  Monday nights are my favorite nights. And I can't wait to see all your extraordinary inspiration and great ideas. Thank you so much for blessing us with your presence. Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... Greater love has no one than this...   Thanks to Facebook I've Got a New Mind-set | JoyDay!   Fun and … [Read more...]

Greater love has no one than this...

  On this Memorial Day we remember. Bravery. Fear. Love. Hope. Selflessness. But, most of all we remember the ones who gave it all up for this thing we call Freedom.   Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13   Thank you soldier. Thank you for your sacrifice.  For your ultimate gift of love.   And thank you dear one for the courage it took to give that last hug and kiss.     Oh how blessed we are to have liberty in this time and in this place we call "the land of the free and the home of the … [Read more...]

Thanks to Facebook I've Got a New Mind-set -

  While on Facebook, of all places, I was prodded to change my outlook. I read a phrase that stuck with me. Forget talking about your troubles. Talking about our troubles is a bad habit for most of us.  It's what we do. So if we can't talk about our troubles...what do we do? Celebrate our joys!     I have a good friend that I chat with irregularly via email.  At this time in our lives it's the best form of communication.  It's efficient.  When we get the chance to talk on the's a looooong talk.  And we usually don't have time to do that very often. Today I … [Read more...]

Patriotic Food and Fun - Project Inspired Features at

This weekend is the official start of summer and I am so ready for summer... you too? I love seeing everything green and blooming.  And then there are all those wonderful balmy breezes. After spending a major part of the year inside... I'm enjoy being outside sans boots and hats and jackets. What do you love about summer? How would you like a weekend getaway or a day of pampering? I'm excited to join my blogging pals in this $450 PayPal CASH Giveaway Click the link here to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway ends at 9 PM EDT on Sunday the 24th. Now it's time to show-off your Great … [Read more...]

A bouquet of American flags :: Patriotic Holiday Decorating Ideas

Holidays give me a great reason to have people over. We love spending time with friends in an informal way. And there's something about a holiday that puts everyone in a more celebratory mood. Plus... it gives me a theme for table decor and more.     With that in mind... Memorial Day is almost here and it's the perfect reason to open the cupboards and drawers and pull out all things red, white, and blue. Since Memorial Day is about remembrance and appreciation, it's a great teaching opportunity for the little ones in our lives too. Hanging the flag on the front of the house, … [Read more...]

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Who could use a little extra CASH? I see that hand! This week I'm joining up with some blogging buddies to give away $450!!! Enter below and be sure to share the giveaway with your friends! There are lots of chances to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... What's that Delightful Fragrance You're Wearing? | It's JoyDay! Plus...Project Inspire{d} Link Party Features: 11 Ideas to Creatively Recycle and Repurpose Items for Your Home Stop back during the week for more extraordinary goodness. Be sure to head over to see … [Read more...]

The fragrance of Christ - What is your personal fragrance -

  Have you ever thought about your aroma? Did you just tilt your nose down and take a whiff of your shirt?  I'm not talking about your perfume, toilet water, or cologne.  I'm not talking about whether you used deodorant after your shower, though that is probably a good idea. There's another kind of scent that I have in mind. We have a spiritual fragrance.  It's the essence of who we are. You might know someone who has a wonderful essence.  So lovely that you wish that you could wear that same fragrance. You also might know someone who has a less than wonderful essence.  You probably find … [Read more...]

Creatively Repurpose and Recycle Items for Your Home

Another super fast week for me... but not in posting new inspiration.  I've got a lot on my plate and because I'm no longer the "ever ready" bunny, I just can't seem to squeeze enough time out of the week.  So, please forgive me for just being around on the weekend.  I miss you hanging out with you here.  But, for brief snippets of daily inspiration, beauty, and all things extraordinary... be sure to jump on Facebook. Now it's time to show-off your Great Ideas from this week's Project Inspire{d} Link Party! I get really excited when I'm able to meet the challenge of using what I have at home either by … [Read more...]

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This weekend my Facebook feed was filled with photos of moms and grandmoms with their kids of all ages and college grads holding diplomas and guys and gals all prim and proper for prom.  What an exciting, busy, and memorable time of the year! I think May is second to December for busyness.  Thanks for taking time to stop by and check out everyone's great ideas and share yours, too. Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... 3 Steps to Having Joy Like Jesus | JoyDay!   Plus...Project Inspire{d} Link Party Features: 12 of the Best Backyard Barbecue … [Read more...]

3 Steps to having JOY like Jesus

  Does it seem crazy to think that we can have the same joy as Jesus? It does... but Jesus told us we will be as joyful as he is. Not could be. We will be. I have told you this so that you will be as joyful as I am, and your joy will be complete. ~ Jesus John 15:11 GW   I don't know about you... but I really would like to live a life of joy. What do you think it would look like to live a life of joy? Maybe we should start with the definition...   For one it might be to be happy all the time, singing, humming, wearing a smile continuously. For another it might be a … [Read more...]

Best Barbecue Recipes

It's Mother's Day weekend!  For many of you it's a time to honor mom or hopefully be honored.  For others... like me... it's time to purchase and plant annuals.  Container gardening is my favorite kind of gardening... hands down.  I love creating containers.  But, first it starts with lots of greenhouse hopping and planning and scheming to put together the perfect pots and window boxes. If you'd like a little inspiration... here are a few posts that should get your green thumb blooming. How to Plant a Window Box Garden :: Tutorial & Planting Tips Nine Steps :: Create an Extraordinary Container … [Read more...]

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I am so in love with Spring! Yesterday afternoon I saw my first Baltimore Oriole of the season.  And then as I was looking out the kitchen window at suppertime, a hummingbird made his appearance.  He flew to the spot where the hummingbird feeder usually hangs and it wasn't there, yet.  Two of us were really disappointed. Between the beautiful birdsong and the blossoms bursting everywhere, it's a delight wherever I turn my eye.  The Bradford pear trees and tulips and azaleas are blooming.  I've been snapping photos of wildflowers along my walk.  Hopefully, I'll be sharing them … [Read more...]

Stain our days with God -

This morning I was reading some writings of C.S. Lewis, when these words leaped off the page at me: It is the difference between paint, which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through. He was talking about how we start our days. If we were meeting each other for coffee at Starbucks in the morning, I might ask you, "Did you have a good start to your day?"  It's an innocuous question.  Purely conversational.  And of course, I would hope you had a great start. Because we're friends, you won't cloak your answer with the usual dismissive remark. Instead, you'll tell … [Read more...]

9 Summer Salads and Appetizers from Project Inspire{d}

To celebrate my blogiversary this week, I'm giving away the fabulous book, "Love the Home You Have."  Be sure to enter my GIVEAWAY.   Plus... there's still time to enter the GIVEAWAY for the colorful Ball mason jars and craft supplies. Mother's Day is only a week a way!  I can hardly believe it! If you're looking for some wonderfully refreshing salads and appetizers to serve for Mother's Day Brunch, these will surely a delicious addition to the menu. This time of year I love a great salad and can't wait to give these yummy looking recipes a try. Refreshing Salads and Appetizers   Please … [Read more...]

Daily Grace to live a grateful life -

This post contains affiliate links. Grace. Daily Grace. I don't know about you... but I need an abundance of grace to get through the day. Good thing God's grace is constant and overflowing.     What about my grace? Sometimes I am not all that gracious. It's hard to understand how we can be given so much and then turn around and be stingy with what we have. I'm not talking about stingy with stuff... I'm talking about stingy with grace.     How are you in the patience department? Me?  Not so good.  In fact, my husband often points it out to me. … [Read more...]

Love the Home You Have - Book Giveaway -

Today is a special day for An Extraordinary Day!   To begin... let's go back a few years.  After losing my job in 2009, I suddenly had more free time than I was accustomed to having.  So as I was preparing to host a fall open house for my Longaberger business, I decided to go online and do a little exploring for fall decorating ideas. Spending time online was not new to me, quite the contrary.  Usually I spent my time online researching things for children's ministry, or nutrition.  Important stuff. [wink] I had never even thought about exploring the interwebs for home decor ideas.  That bright fall day … [Read more...]

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It's so good to have you join us for this week's party! I was seriously amazed by the creativity brought to last week's party.  Let's just say, you made it super challenging to choose features.  There were so many great ideas... I wish there was room for all. Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you can make time to stick around to get inspired and maybe even make a new friend or two when you "meet and greet." Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... Hanging Mason Jar Posies for Mother's Day and Giveaway   Is it Possible to have True Joy and … [Read more...]