Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I was so happy that my sister, Robyn, from Vermont and her two kids were in town recently. She was here for my youngest sister's wedding reception. We also celebrated Thanksgiving with her while she was here (the Saturday before Thanksgiving). Robyn and I are only 11 months apart in age. When we were little and we were the same age for one month, I remember thinking that we were temporarily twins.
So, I wanted to post of blog of some recent pictures from Robyn's visit.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
During this month of Thanksgiving, I am being reminded to be thankful. My husband and I were feeling a little stressed last month, but this is a new month and new and exciting things are happening. It is also a month of counting our blessings. Even though life is not perfect and we all experience hard things, there are always things to be thankful for. Here are some of mine....
1. Beautiful flowers given to me by my husband last week.
2. The bold beautiful colors of the leaves that are changing.
3. The time I spent with my husband yesterday, going on a walk in a cute neighborhood, with lots of adorable houses and pretty trees.
4. Looking forward to my sister Jessa's wedding reception on Saturday
5. Also looking forward to spending time with my sister Robyn and her children who will be here on Thursday!
6. Our house and many sweet memories here.
7. The squirrel that hid behind the tree from the big dog that we saw yesterday on our walk - I love squirrels.
8. Fashionable jewelry ~ I always have jewelry to wear since I am a Cookie Lee consultant. It's fun!
9. Bunny ~ our pet, he makes us laugh and he's so soft and cute.
10. Candy (I am eating chewy sprees as I write this)
11. The potluck after church yesterday
12. Friendships with women ~ women need "girl time".
13. Insights from this book I am reading "Strong Women, Soft Hearts", especially the chapter on 'Forgiveness'.
14. The smell of candles
15. Root beer floats
16. Playing hide and seek with children ~ We did this last Thursday as we watched David's neices.
17. New friendships ~ and old ones
18. Thinking of ways to brighten up someone's day
19. The amazing sunsets we have seen lately - wow!
20. Things God is teaching me at Heartland, through His Word, and His Holy Spirit.
Friday, October 29, 2010
This newly bloomed bright red gerber daisy appeared recently in the potted mixture of flowers I had planted in the spring. The gerber daisies had died sometime in the summer when the temperature got hot. The potted mixtures had recently been mostly greens, a few petunias were there too. And here it is, the end of October and there is a new beautiful gerber daisy bloom. It was fun to see!
Sometimes a blessing comes or a prayer is answered when we least expect it. Or, after we've given up on it. Or not necessarily given up, but given it to God completely and not try to control it. His plans are always best. We've had our house for sale for over 6 months now. At first, we wanted it to sell fast. Now we wonder if we'll still be living here next summer and we've even wondered if will ever sell. But we are enjoying our house more than ever now. Whether it sells or not, I have peace.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Before leaving Cedar Rapids on Friday, we stopped by The Shop Next Door, which is next door to Brewed Awakenings. We loved this place! There were so many beautiful creative things there.
It is a little shop with vintage clothing and all kinds of different fabulous creations from artists in the area. They have a meeting room, the little loft area, where people can go to study, journal, knit, or have some quiet time. They also host a variety of fun and creative classes. Oh, and they even have small concerts sometimes. The place is filled with art....of ALL kinds! If you like art, or wish you were more creative, I recommend checking out The Shop Next Door.
One of our favorite sections is wall hangings by a family of artists, (on the wall, to the right). Check out their artwork: http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com
This was the coziest, warmest, friendliest coffee house I had ever been to. I only wish I would have taken more pics, but I think you need to be there to really experience this place. It was a very peaceful atmosphere and it was comforting there; I felt like I was at my best friend's house. I loved the comfy couches, the artwork, the adorable coasters, and the super friendly staff!
David played music at Brewed Awakenings in Cedar Rapids that night. It was the first show of our 3-show mini tour. What an awesome show to kick off our tour! It was a nice, relaxing, quiet, peaceful evening. David played many of his songs and ended the evening with "The Coffee Shop Dude", which starts out "down on 13th Street..." and the interesting thing is the coffee shop Brewed Awakenings is on the corner of 13th Street. (The song was inspired by 13th Street Coffee Co. in Omaha, NE).
David Paulsen plays music at Brewed Awakings in Cedar Rapids on September 30, 2010
We liked this old movie theatre seat in the corner.
The friendly staff: Brooke and Chris
Isn't this picture adorable! :)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
We love this poster for David's show on Friday in Eau Claire, WI. When I saw the poster I thought "That is cool!". It reminded me a little of a painting I made a long time ago.
I went to my friend Christa's house last night to take a picture of the painting I made. I made it about 7 years ago. I went through a time when I painting several paintings that reminded me of God, or just things I was going through in life.
I remember painting it super fast. I used gold, white and umber red. Gold symbolized the power and majesty of God, white for purity, and umber symbolized the blood of Christ. I made the cross in the center, to symbolize Christ's love and forgiveness. For some reason I made an 'X' in the center of the cross. I remember liking that letter but I didn't know why, other than there is a tiny 'x' in the center of both of my hands.
I hadn't thought much about naming the painting until a friend of mine said it reminded her of glory, so I that is what I named it - "Glory". I was going through an awesome time in my life where I was falling in love with Jesus, at the time I painted it.
So, back to the show poster. It makes me think God wants to glorify Himself through David's life, oh, and Castles too.
Monday, September 27, 2010
My friend Rosemary called me up a couple Mondays ago and asked if I wanted to go to the zoo with her and her daughter, Isabel. I immediately responded, without really praying about it, "No, I am too busy, I have so much to do." But I started praying about it as I was still on the phone with her. I didn't want to miss a blessing from God. She has a zoo pass, so I was going to get in for free. I felt really stressed out that day and a trip to the zoo sounded really refreshing. I asked her if I could call her back in a few minutes because I wanted to talk to my husband about it.
He agreed that a break would be good for me. On Mondays I get easily stressed and try to do way more than I need to do. So, I called her back and said, "Yes, I would love to go to the zoo! Thanks for inviting me!".
She picked me up and we went to the zoo for about an hour and a half. It was so fun to see all the animals. My favorites were the butterflies, a mommy and baby tiger snuggling, a tiny mouse, and an arctic puffin. Right when we were about to leave it started sprinkling, and then it was raining hard by the time we were almost to the car. Perfect timing! What a fun time!
I have learned that one can easily miss a blessing from God. A good daily prayer is "Lord, help me not miss any blessings from you today!"
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This morning, I went to put my soft lavender hoodie on. It usually takes awhile to get the zipper to zip, but this morning it took an extra long time. I probably tried about 30 times to zip the zipper. Could have been 50 actually. A few times, I prayed a quick "God help me!" and I got frustrated my quick prayer did not work. I have many other hoodies I could have grabbed, but I really wanted to wear this one.
Then, after spending about 8 minutes and getting frustrated, I paused and prayed a prayer that worked wonders. I said, "Lord, please zip this hoodie for me, and just use me as a vessel." I tried to zip it and instantly and smoothly it zipped up with no problem. It was so cool! I thanked God so much.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sweet Luxuries is a small bakery owned by Heather Davis. She is a friend of a friend of mine. I spoke with her on the phone a couple of months ago. She had called me to ask me a question about PayPal since I used to work at PayPal. We had a super nice talk on the phone. This is when I found out about her bakery business.
She was inspiring to talk to. She helped me have greater faith in the things that God is calling us to do. She also said that I need to try her lemon bars and that she would be sending me some... all the way from Houston, Texas. I was so excited!
I received her lemon bars in the mail. She was so sweet and generous for sending them. When I received them, it was such a blessing! They were packaged beautifully with a sweet little note! And they taste so good! Sometimes I would pick one up to eat just half of it and then, I always had the urge to eat the other half. I brought some of them to a party and people there agreed that they were some of the best tasting lemon bars ever.
If you know someone who lives in or near Houston, please let them know about Heather's bakery. She specializes in lemon bars, pecan pralines, key lime pie, pound cake and chocolate chip cookies. And she can ship the goodies to you, even if you live out of state.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
God has been showing me that He can and will do more than I could ever ask or imagine.
God is calling my husband and I to do some things and when we take a step and do them, we are amazed at some of the things that God does to help us. We work hard. We take a few steps forward and God takes huge steps to show us He is carrying us most of the way. Again and again, we are continually amazed by the power of God.
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
My friend Melissa came to town from Texas last Friday. We have been friends since high school and we will be friends forever. My sister, Jessa, and I picked Melissa up from the airport. First we went out for lunch at a restaurant in downtown Omaha called Roja Mexican Grill. I ordered the kid's meal recommended by my sister because it's a large plate of food for only $4. It was a great deal! When I was a little over half way done with my soda, I picked it up to take a drink - the waitress put a new soda right in front of me and grabbed the one I had in my hand. I thought this was funny. I do not usually get refills because I rarely even finish one soda. So, they are totally on top of refills there.
Next we went to a boutique downtown called Nouvelle Eve. I like this store. Melissa and I were looking at some shirts on the same clothing rack. At almost the same time, she told me to look at this cute shirt and I also said, "Oh look, this shirt is so cute!". We look at the shirt each other is holding and it is the exact same shirt but different color. It was funny! We had Jessa take a picture.
We went to my car and I had a parking ticket. Bummer! I guess we shopped too long, even though we didn't buy anything. I like going shopping to try stuff on when I don't have much money.
We stopped by Jessa's apartment in the Old Market. This time we made sure the meter was plugged long enough. I love Jessa's apartment. It has high ceilings and brick for some of the walls.
Melissa and I went to a few places to hang posters for David's next show in Omaha. The show is titled Songwriters at the Slowdown and it features 5 great songwriters. I am so excited for this show! Thanks Melissa for helping me hang these posters.
Then, we came home to take a little break before going to the mall. I received a package in the mail that day - Lemon Bars! I ordered them from Sweet Luxuries, a bakery in Texas. Heather, the one who bakes them is actually great friends with Melissa. So it was cool that they arrived and I was able to open the package while Melissa was at my house.
Millie the squirrel stopped by at our front door for her daily spanish peanuts. Melissa thought Millie was super cute! We are beginning to feed Millie less so that the new people who buy our house do not wonder why a squirrel shows up at their door step every day.
Ever since David saw the show Mister Rogers he wanted a stop light. So he found this one at an antique store, build a stand onto it and now it's our living room focal point. Melissa likes the stop light and we often take our picture by it.So, we left. Melissa, David and I went to Subway and we will not tell you what happened unless you ask. It was one of the funniest experiences in my restaurant history. I laughed so hard that I was crying. Anyway, we drove Melissa to Lincoln so she could spend the rest of her vacation getaway weekend with her family. :)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We had to clean our house since we have it for sale. This front porch of ours had always been messy and cluttered. Scattered shoes on one end. David's work tools, shovels, brooms, and random yard stuff on the other end. And there was just a little walk space for people to get by.
David and I both love alone time. And since we live together in a 750 square foot house, it's hard to have space to ourselves. I am an introvert and some of my favorite times are things I do alone. I love to journal, knit, pray, read, make cards, watch animals, write to people, etc.
So, here is our favorite part about a clean house.... our front porch is finally clean and it looks cute! And it is a fun and relaxing place to go for both David and I to have peaceful alone times. It is our new vacation getaway.
Monday, August 2, 2010
After a big storm a couple of weeks ago that produced high winds and heavy rains, we looked out the window of our front porch and there was a rainbow. My sister, Jessa, called and said she had never seen a rainbow look so beautiful. From where she was she saw it, the rainbow stretch from one side of the sky to the other. From our front porch, this is what we saw:
So we decided to drive to where she was and on the way saw some of the most fascinating skies:
By the time we got to Jessa's work, the sky was a lot darker and the rainbow dimmer so we didn't get a good picture of it. The skies were absolutely amazing though.