Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was picture perfect!  I even enjoyed spending some time at the beach checking out the flying antics of some expert kite flyers at our local kite festival.  The wind was mostly perfect and the sunshine warmed me to my core.  My face got a little sunburned... but it was so worth it. Can you believe that this coming weekend is Memorial Day?  Boy did that sneak up on us quickly!  If you're a little behind... you'll want to check out these inspiring red, white, and blue ideas curated from this past week's edition of Project … [Read more...]

    Have you ever come home, expecting that your spouse or your children will be there waiting for you, only to find your house is empty? Immediately you look for a note.  Where are they? Your mind goes a million miles a minute and your thoughts dance all over the place with possibilities.  Most not good. What's the first thing you do?  You pick up your phone. You try to reach them. If your children are younger.... old enough to stay home alone for a short while... but not to leave the house without your permission... you undoubtedly fly out the door and start searching your … [Read more...]

    When it comes to people...  no one is ordinary. YOU are beautiful in the eyes of your Creator. There is no doubt... you are not ordinary in any shape or form.   Maybe your day is filled with mundane tasks. Those tasks do not define you.   Maybe your circumstances are humble or uneventful. Your circumstances do not define you.   Whatever life has dished out to you... remember there is nothing ordinary about your life.   Today, I want to remind you of your value... to let you know that you count. I want to remind you that you have … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! We had sunshine this weekend and even a wee bit of snow. I won't complain... because in a matter of weeks I'll be melting from the heat.  What I am loving... all the pretty flowering trees, bushes, and spring bulbs! It's simply glorious! I guess that's why I'm so excited about these features from last week's link party.  You're going to LOVE these fun and pretty floral crafts to make and dress up your home... Check out these extraordinary blogs and be inspired to.... Make some Pretty Floral Crafts How to make Bendy Flowers by Heart Handmade UK Faux … [Read more...]

  Yesterday, while working on a project, I thought about and prayed for some friends who have had one unpleasant surprise after another.  The guy said to Tim, "I feel like Job, only I still have my wife and kids."  No doubt you relate.  All of us go through days, weeks, months, and sometimes years, of challenges. As I attempted to encase a mound of fiberfill pushing to be free while applying just the right amount of pressure to the sewing machine pedal, this verse came to mind... Always be joyful and never stop praying. Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God … [Read more...]

  My husband LOVES pasta and noodles. Me. Not-so-much. Maybe it's because I'm a bit tired of pasta slathered in the ubiquitous red sauce.     If you're like me, today's post just might change that pasta indifferent attitude with a least one amazing recipe. I won't say which one, but mine is sooooo good I'm going to guess it'll become a family favorite! My blogging friend Kim, from The Kim Six Fix, hosts a bi-monthly blogger recipe challenge. This month's ingredient is pasta. Last month's recipe challenge was potatoes. My goal this month was to develop a recipe that is … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! We had an amazing weekend and lots of sunshine!  YAY! And I want to wish a Happy Belated Mother's Day to all you wonderful MOMS! Here's a brief glimpse of some of the awesomeness from last week's link party that caught my eye: Check out these extraordinary blogs and get some.... Outstanding Outdoor Living Ideas for Your Home   DIY Planter Box with Wheels by I Should Be Mopping the Floor Easy Homemade Arch Trellis by Get Busy Gardening French Courtyard on a Backyard Deck by Old Things New Beach Chair Redo by Crafts a la Mode How to Make an Upcycled … [Read more...]

    Joy is the serious business of Heaven. C. S. Lewis   We talk a lot about joy around here. Joy is a funny thing. It can completely engulf us and yet be entirely elusive. It all depends on us.   You see, Jesus not only made a way for us to have joy... big, bright, unbridled joy. He wants us to have the very same joy that He has.   I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. John 15:11 As Jesus was entering His final hours here on earth, He prayed for us. This prayer to the Father, … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! Last week we had an amazing party.  Your creativity blew me away. Here's a brief glimpse of some of the awesomeness that caught my eye: Check out these extraordinary blogs for ideas on how to... Get the Fixer Upper Style    Farmhouse Organization Board from One More Time events The Perfect Weathered Gray Wood Finish from Petticoat Junktion Farmhouse Front Entry from Worthing Court Blog DIY Farmhouse Style Bakery Kitchen Sign by The Crazy Craft Lady 5 Best Places to Find Handmade Farmhouse Signs from Making It In The Mountains Easy Pallet Blanket … [Read more...]

    Do you start your day with a spring in your step and a happy expression on your face? Maybe you find yourself plodding through the day with a fake smile awkwardly affixed to cover what you're really feeling? No matter where you are on the spectrum, I sure you want to know... How to Put More Joy in Your Day   Each week here at An Extraordinary Day we have JoyDay! Over the past four years (Yes... I just celebrated my 4th blog anniversary.) I've chatted with you about joy and living a joy-filled life.  But, what I haven't done is put some of those thoughts together in one spot … [Read more...]

  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...]