Heart to Heart Talk on Joy Day!  AnExtraordinaryDay.net

During my reading time this week, I came across a quote from a renowned preacher of the late 19th century, Charles Spurgeon. I struggled with sharing it with you for the Joy Day! post. The quote doesn't feel very joyful.  It's even a bit stern.  But, I couldn't shake myself from it.     With that in mind...let's imagine that we are sitting at a lovely table drinking our favorite fancy coffee or tea and enjoying a tasty treat. After the usual pleasantries, indulging in the delicacies from the table, and conversational catching up, I look you in the eye and say, "I think it's time we … [Read more...]

Lovely Home Tour :: Jewel Tone Dining Room :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Raise your hand if you love the colors of fall.     As much as I appreciate and enjoy a neutral palette with just a punch of color, the jewel tones of fall make my heart sing. When used beautifully in a room, those jewel tones of fall create a warmth and coziness that make me feel safe. Color is like that.     If I were to tell you my favorite colors I'd tell you I love red, blue, green, and yellow. Not usually all at the same time. Except in the fall. Then, I want them all!     For the most part of the last nineteen years I have … [Read more...]

Mini Flower Arrangements :: Wedgwood Tablescape :: Encouragement in the Muck of Life :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

How are you today? Really....how are YOU?   Most of us trudge, or breeze, through the day. The trudging or breezing has to do with the load we carry. If we have a ton of worries and responsibilities weighing us down....trudging might be a generous term. On the other hand, when we're working within our giftedness, living with hearts filled with joy and gratitude, and spending our hours with others who build up rather than discourage....we breeze through our day and the minutes seems to fly away as easily, too.     If you are one who flits through the day with hope … [Read more...]

Women Who Do Campaign - Vanity Fair Image

When I was growing up I spent a lot of time looking in the mirror.  You too?  Each time I glanced at my reflection I hoped that my appearance would improve.  Maybe it was because we had some pretty big mirrors in our house, or maybe it was because as a tween, my parents sent me to charm school at the local department store, but between there and home, I got the message that my physical appearance as well as the way I carried myself were important. At charm school, we learned how to sit and stand and even model pretty outfits for the store's style show.  We learned about fashion, the best name brands, how to … [Read more...]

How to Win the Mind Battle Once & For All - Devotional on Philippians 4: 4-8

  How to win the mind battle.  Once and for all.   Today I'm sharing a simple, doable exercise to help you win that battle going on in your mind. "Once and for all?" you ask. I know...is that really possible?   And then I wonder, "Who am I to suggest that this battle can be conquered once and for all?" After all, I just spent the better part of a week on the roller coaster of positive/negative thoughts.   Speaking of roller coasters... I'm sure there are a number of reasons that people get on roller coasters.  Many ride because it's fun.  They love the exhilaration of … [Read more...]

Blue & White China :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

  It's been nearly a year since I've had the pleasure of hosting overnight guests. My friend and her daughter were driving between Chicago and New York State when they took a detour to visit us. We aren't sure, but it seems like it's been close to two years since we've been able to get together.  When you do life with someone on a nearly daily basis...through the thick and thin, but mostly thin....it's a joy to finally be able spend time together.  We've burned many minutes chatting on the phone, but that isn't quite the same, is it?     I love serving a nice full breakfast to … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes Blogland Tour at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Thanks for stopping by to join this summer's extraordinary behind the scenes blogland tour. It's been fun to jump on the tour 'bus' throughout the summer and get a behind the scenes view of all the wonderful home and DIY blogs on the tour.   My friend Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline invited me to join in this extraordinary Blogland Tour.  Earlier in the summer I had other invites, but I just wasn't able to join in the fun.  Her invite came at the perfect moment and I'm so glad to be joining the tour. Thanks Mary Beth! One of the things that we may or may not grasp when we read a blog is … [Read more...]

Joy Day! :: Counting Gifts & Giving Thanks in Community

For most of my life I would wake up in the middle of the night, briefly think about the future, and the thought of an endless forever would send me into a panic attack. It was awful.  My mind just could not wrap itself around the concept of forever. Though, for the most part, I didn't have a fear of tomorrow, or next week, or even next year, that fear of the great unknown future would freak me out. Our minds are a battleground.  How we direct and control our thoughts is critical. This week I read a few experts from C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters (affiliate link).  There the demon Screwtape points out … [Read more...]

Make Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake #BlueberryRecipe

  At our house, we LOVE blueberries. We could eat blueberries every day of the week...for supper and lunch and breakfast.  And often we do. My hands-down favorite blueberry recipe...is Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake.  I could eat it every day for breakfast.  Probably not a good idea, though. [wink]     A few years ago, we spent the day at Niagara Falls and enjoyed lunch on the veranda of a restaurant overlooking the park and falls on the Canadian side.  That day, salmon was the special and so I ordered it.  When it was set before me, I was surprised to see it accompanied by … [Read more...]

How to pray when doubts fill my mind :: Scripture Quote :: Psalm 94 Devotional :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Have you ever been sitting absolutely still but found your body trembling? Were you trembling from excitement?  Anticipation? Anxiety?  Or maybe fear?   Lately that is a state in which I often find myself. Some days it's much better than others.   This week has been a mixture of joy and sadness. Over three days I was blessed to have out-of-town guests.  My friend and her daughter came for a brief overnight visit, and another friend and her husband came to spend the day with us.  I can't tell you what bright spots those days were in my summer. It was so good to see far-away … [Read more...]

Blogging Tools :: How to Fix Comment Spam :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Spam.  Nobody likes it.  With the latest changes in email filters, we all are experiencing much less spam.  Or are we?  If you're a blogger, you are undoubtedly feeling overwhelmed by the amount of spam hitting your comment box. Wouldn't you like to know how to fix comment spam? It's really very simple.  Turn off comments. What? Turn off comments? Am I crazy? Don't click away....stay with me to see where I take this. When I set up my blog originally, I installed a WordPress plugin called Akismet.  It is supposed to be the premier plugin to prevent comment and trackback spam.   Yet, when I … [Read more...]

God you are my God #ScriptureQuote at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

When was the last time you said to God, "I can't get enough of you!" For most of us the thought never crosses our minds. We may wake up and thank God that we're alive, but do we bless him every time we take a breath? Probably not.   Those of you who follow An Extraordinary Day on Facebook are familiar with my nightly sweet dreams post where I share a gorgeous bedroom photo and some inspirational words.  I'm amazed at how many people will mention they look forward to it each night. I have to confess, putting up the lovely sleeping room photos is easy.  Daily having something of substance … [Read more...]

#Extraordinary Live an Extraordinary Life - a Free Printable from AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Live An Extraordinary Life   Are you really living? Download your 8x10 Free Printable here.   If you're reading this I'm sure you're living. [wink] However, I'm not talking about whether you're breathing, though I must say, I am grateful for every breath I take.   Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that all we have is this present moment. Yes, we have hope for the next moment, day, week, month, year.  But, in actuality, all we have is this present moment.   Are you in the moment? Or, are you living in the past?  ....recalling missed moments, relational regrets, and a host … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party Logo 500x500

There is an old adage that says no one except a wet baby likes change.  None-the-less, change is in the air here at An Extraordinary Day. I have had the privilege of co-hosting the Project Inspire{d} Link Party for the past 8 months.  It's been wonderful meeting and getting to you.  I'm amazed each week at all the talent you bring to the party.  And frankly, each week I have found it so difficult to choose just a few projects to feature as you all have truly extraordinary ideas! This is my last week as co-hostess of Project Inspire{d}. I'm going to miss partying with you. But, I do hope you will continue … [Read more...]

The light shines in the darkness - John 1:5 :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Have you noticed how dark it is these days?   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn't extinguish the light. John 1:5 (CEB)   The news on TV, online, and even our Facebook feed is filled with bad, scary, and horrific details. We need to remind ourselves, and each other, that as dark as it gets....the darkness will not put out the light.   Have you ever noticed that when the light comes on in a dark place, the light is even more bright? That's the contrast we are seeing in our world right now. People living in darkness need to see. They need you and I to shine, … [Read more...]

Butterfly Weed - Easy Wildflower Bouquet by AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Have you ever wanted to bring someone a bouquet of flowers, or have a beautiful vase of fresh flowers in your home, but didn't have the extra money to pick up something from the grocery or florist?   Unless you live in a concrete jungle, I have a great tip for you.... Look along the roadways as you travel and start to notice all the wildflowers growing along the byways.  That is where I found the flowers to create this arrangement for my friend who just had knee surgery.   Over the years, I've noticed that when I gather these bouquets, the flowers just naturally complement each other. … [Read more...]

Creative Craft Room ~ Sneak Peek ~ AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Are you one of those blessed few to have you own creative space?     Here's me, hair pulled back, no makeup, with my one and only selfie from my favorite camera, giving you just a peek into my favorite space through a vintage looking-glass.   That's the way we bloggers roll. The before photos don't do the color justice. [wink] Here it looks like light greige, but in reality, it was much darker beige that turned to an odd reddish pink when the sun reflected off the dark brick-red siding into the room.  I couldn't wait to repaint.     With new paint, the room came … [Read more...]