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Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello Friday! (And a GIVEAWAY!!)

Hello Everyone.....and HELLO FRIDAY!!

I'm still here even though I've been quiet. It's kind of been "one of those weeks." And you know that saying...."If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all?" Yep.

In case you're wondering, the playroom still looks like THIS....paint samples on the walls and all. So I'm just going to move on for now and try not to think about how I hoped it would all be done before November.

So what am I doing today you ask? Well, today is the day to finally start breaking out a little Fall around here. But first, I made myself clean a bit in preparation. Not my favorite thing to do, how about you?

As I was working this morning, I had to laugh. I remembered how when I was growing up and it was FINALLY time to put up all the Christmas decorations, I would be so excited. We would get out all the boxes, and then......SCREEEEEECH.....all the fun would come to a grinding halt until every flat surface was dusted and vacuumed first. My Mom taught me well. Although I really don't like to do the cleaning part, I refuse to put out all the pretty stuff on top of a mess.

Hopefully I will have some pictures for you next week. In the mean time, if you need some Fall-ish inspiration there a couple great home tours going on this week.

Laura from Finding Home is hosting her Finding Fall home tour again this year.

Another tour is taking place over at Eclectically Vintage.

That should keep you inspired for a while.


Okay, I've come to the end of this post and on a whim I have decided to give away a copy of Mom's Night Out on DVD.....because, well, I could use a Mom's night out.  (You can read my thoughts about this movie HERE.)

So here's the deal....leave me a comment, either here on the blog (make sure I can email you back) or on my Facebook page. Anyone who leaves a comment between now and midnight on Monday, September 22, 2014 will be entered in a random drawing to win the DVD. The drawing will be held and the winner will be notified on Tuesday, September 23rd. Tell your friends!

(There will be one winner, no substitution of prizes, results are final, blah, blah, blah!)

Good luck and have a great weekend!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Four Things For Friday 9.12.14

Happy Friday!!

Here are some things that have been rolling around in my mind over the last few days......

1.) Cross Country.

My daughter is running on her middle school cross country team this year. This is a whole new world for us in so many ways.

I am NOT athletic in any way....just ask my family. However I do love sports. My dream was always to be a mom. And I always thought I would be the mom who was at all her kid's sporting events, cheering them on. Obviously, God had different plans and our family was created through the adoption of kids with special needs. I've learned to cheer them on in other, [much more important] areas.

But THIS YEAR my daughter is running and we have been thrown knee-deep into the world of school sports. And I find that my mind is in a constant whirl of thoughts related to cross country and it's effects on our family.

* When is the next meet? * Is the uniform clean? * Is it going to rain? * What time will dear daughter be home? * Does she have homework? * Will the course be wheelchair-friendly? Will Hubster be able to leave work in time to be at a meet? What am I going to make for dinner and when will we eat it? Etc., etc.

We are having a good time and I LOVE going to the meets, but I just had no idea how much it would consume my mind.

2.) Yesterday I was at Target and found all these goodies!

Burlap, and banners, and chalkboard tags....OH MY!! You KNOW how much I like chalkboards, right?  I already have ideas floating around in my head for some of these items. But I also like having things like this in my "stash" to pull out whenever I'm feeling a creative whim.

3.) Last week I entered the 21st century and got my first smart phone. Yep, I was just a little behind. (No offense to those family members who like their un-smart phones.)

4.) Not that I didn't know this before, but God sure knows what He's doing. The whole four seasons idea is a good one. We are such fickle and discontented people. When it's cold, we can't wait for hot. When it's hot, we long for cold. But God is so good to us. Just when we think we can't handle any more heat, He sends Fall our way....His gift to us.

"My children, you are so silly, but I love you anyways. Here you go!"

I'm looking forward to a little sweatshirt weather this weekend. Remind me in the middle of Winter how much I wanted cooler temperatures, okay?

I hope you have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Transitioning To Fall

Whether we like it or not, Fall will soon be upon us. I'm not trying to hurry it along or anything, but I was just ready for a little change around here. And I'm not ready for colored leaves and pumpkins quite yet. There will be plenty of time for that.
I'm calling this "Transitional Fall" décor.

It started with this chalkboard-look print that I found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. "Count Your Blessings"....I thought that would be perfect for Fall, all the way through Thanksgiving.
I layered it over my window pane and hung it with some burlap ribbon.


At Hobby Lobby I also found these Fall flameless pillars to put in my lanterns. I'm still on the lookout for a couple simple, black pillar holders to lift the candles up a bit. They're a little short.

The wood stove was ready for something a little less Summer-y too. I pulled my black and white dishes back out along with these transfer ware teacups I found at Goodwill during the Summer to make a pretty vignette.

Meanwhile, over on the coffee little owl friend was ready to make an appearance. He makes me smile.
As an aside, I love having a tray (or large plate in this case) on the coffee table to corral the TV remote. Then I am able to find it at least half of the time. Ha! 

So there you go....a little Transitional Fall décor. Nothing overtly Fall....the leaves and pumpkins will make their appearance in due time....just a little more warm and cozy.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Chalkboard Calendar Update

Hey Everybody! I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend! Did the weekend fly by, or was it just me? Our weekend was full of family get togethers, church, and just hanging around home (recuperating from our first week of school, I think.)
I found some time on September 1st to get the monthly calendar up on the chalkboard.
That meant erasing our Summer List. It was bittersweet....looking back at all the fun memories we made but knowing that it's time to move on to something new.
We did pretty well with our list this year.

But now September is upon us. The month is filling up already with cross country meets, our annual "camp" weekend with Hubster's family, a Fall church picnic, hopefully painting the playroom (PLEASE can we get the playroom painted already?!?), and I'm sure more than I can remember at the moment.
It's that time of year when we get back into a routine, yet there's a lot of NEW too. How about you? Are you holding on to the last fragments of Summer or you moving full speed ahead to whatever is in store for you?


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lessons From An Eternal Optimist

I don't write a lot about my kids....not anything too personal at least. That is a conscious choice I have made. My children all have special needs and I've always felt that their personal stories would be theirs to tell, not mine, when they are ready.
But a couple weeks ago, my son told me a story that stopped me in my tracks. I decided to share it because I think it's something we can all learn from.
Celebrating his birthday a couple years ago.
It actually all started when my daughter was telling us about a game that she played at a party for her cross country team. The game is called "Never Have I Ever" and the idea is that you share something you have never done and you try to stump your friends and knock them out of the game because they have done it before. (As an aside, it seems a little negative to me and that you should get to stay in the game because you HAVE done lots of things before. But I digress....)
Anyways, my son piped up right away that he had played that game before too in one of his classes at school. And then he got very excited and said, "and I WON!!"
I was curious and as his Mom, it was my duty to investigate further.
Me: What? You won the game? What did you say that you hadn't done before?
[Son laughs uncontrollably. So much so that he almost can't speak.]
Son: "WALK! I've never walked before!" [still giggling]
[Mom tries not to sob uncontrollably]
To him it was all about winning the game.

With his girlfriend Tink. We tease him about this mercilessly.
I guess it may seem like I'm bragging on my son (well, maybe a little.) But Hubster and I can't take too much credit for this boy's attitude. Although we try to foster healthy attitudes in all of our kids, he arrived in our family at age four, full of positivity and not looking back.
He hasn't ever walked. He uses a power wheel chair full time. But in his mind, he gets to drive an electric blue convertible everywhere he goes.
In P.E. class, he often gets to be the score-keeper. In his mind, that is a position of power and responsibility. Plus he loves numbers....BONUS!
I remember one time he told me how he got to play kickball in P.E. I asked him if one of his friends kicks for him. He said, "Yea. And then I run really fast Mom!"
He doesn't even think about what he can't do. In his mind, he is just like everybody else.
He's an eternal optimist.

Playing and arcade game with Dad
I don't know about you, but I'm a "wallower."
I don't think of myself as a negative person, yet I've realized that I tend to wallow in my problems, worries, and what I can't (or think I can't) do. But it's really all in my perspective and I can choose to think about the positive and the things that I CAN do.
What about you? Are you a wallower too? Or maybe you're somebody who compares yourself to everyone else....their talents, their possessions, their accomplishments....instead of thinking how unique and special God made YOU! I've been THERE too.

At his 8th grade graduation, he won the Citizenship Award for hard work,
 positive attitude, friendliness, and school involvement.

Our lives....and our world....would be a better place if we stopped wallowing in negativity and chose to see all that is positive in our lives and all around us. Some people are eternal optimists. They see the positive in everything. But I would say there are probably more of us who need to make a conscious choice every day to think more positively.  I know I do. Will you take that challenge with me?

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