Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Printables

Need a quick printable or bookmark for a sweet mama in your life? 
Here are a few I've made over the years! 

This would be sweet to print out and give in a little frame! 

And here's the same print as a bookmark! 




This quote would be sweet to print out and give to your sweet mama. 
I did it in both color and the chalkboard look. 


You can find all the printables above in a folder HERE. 


Why I Hate Mother's Day

Anyone that knows me knows I am a holiday girl. 
I LOVE all holidays!
I love the family gathering, I love the fun, I love the traditions. 
 I love them, all except one......Mother's Day.

To be honest, I hate Mother's Day.
Yes...I truly HATE it. 

Every year I dread May and all the sweet commercials about mothers. 
Every year I say something about hating Mother's Day 
and my sweet friends immediately start saying things about how I should love it 
because I am a mother and it's a day to honor me. 

And to some extent they are right- 
I am a mother and absolutely LOVE being Madison's mom. 
It truly is my favorite job on earth. 
I spent many years and countless nights on my knees 
praying to become a mother and I love dearly being Madison's mom 
and consider it a great honor. 

But here's the thing........
Mother's Day is a day to honor your mother. 

And my mother isn't here. 


The void left by that beautiful and amazing woman-
the strongest, kindest, most loving, most selfless woman I have ever known is huge.
I miss her every single solitary day with every single fiber of my being. 

I miss her laugh, her wise words, her sweet hugs,
her hugs, her insane creativity,
her ridiculously sweet tea, 
her amazing cooking, 
her laugh, her smell, her intelligence,
her crazy passion and love for those she loved. 

Sometimes I feel the pain of her absence so strongly, 
so deeply that I feel that it will overtake me. 
Sometimes I start to think of her and have to stop-
because it's just too painful. 

I so often think of all the stories I never got to hear her tell, 
the trips we never got to take, 
the conversations we never got to have, 
the memories we never got to make, 
the projects we never got to do, 
the meals we never got to make and share, 
the holidays we never got to share, 
all the lessons she never got to teach me, 
the laughs and tears we never got to share and I feel so cheated. 

I so often think of all the amazing things about her and 
all that was lost when she died. 
The world was truly a better place with her in it. 
MY world was a better place with her in it. 
And it SUCKS that the world no longer has her. 
That I no longer have my biggest cheerleader and most amazing 
role model, comforter, and protector. 
And to be honest sometimes it makes me angry. 

Although I am so blessed and so very thankful to know that she's in heaven- 
whole and healed and worshiping with Jesus,
and although I would not change that fact for ANYTHING, 
this is one of the days each year that 
miss her so much my heart truly aches. 

I so often think that I was robbed of such an amazing mother
and I so HATE CANCER. IT SUCKS. 
I was not prepared or ready at the age of 32 to lose my mother- 
not that you EVER are.
I wasn't done growing up, I wasn't done needing her, 
I wasn't done being taught by her, 
I wasn't done loving her and being loved by her.

Every single time I watched Maddie dance I cried 
because my mom never got to see her dance and I know 
how much she would have absolutely loved it. 
She never got to truly know the girl that is 
my beautiful, amazing, precious, funny daughter.
Anytime Madison achieves a milestone- prom, graduation, first day of college, sorority initiation-
my heart hurts thinking of how much my mama would have loved being there-
cheering and crying and being proud with me. 

Although Madison has memories of my mother and pictures of her and 
we try hard to tell her stories and all the wonderful things about my mother, 
she does not truly know the wonderful woman that was her Nana. 
She's been alive more than double the years without her Nana
that she was with her Nana. 
And I hate, hate, hate that. 

So please forgive me if hate this holiday. 
I'm sorry but being reminded of the huge void left by amazing mother
 is not something I can celebrate. 

I'll spend much of the day in tears or fighting them wishing I had
 just another minute with my sweet mama. 
Just one more hug. 
One more time to hold her hand. 
One more time to hear her voice. 
Please forgive me for that and please understand 
and not try to convince me to feel otherwise. 

And if you are still lucky enough to have your sweet mama, 
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
 treasure every moment you are blessed to have her. 
Because sadly one day, you too will hate Mother's Day. 



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fear/Anxiety Scripture Ring


I LOVE scripture rings and just about always have some in my purse or on my desk in case I 
(or someone around me) needs the comfort of some Biblical wisdom.  




In fact I gave a set away to a friend today who is having surgery soon 
and dropped another set in the mail for a friend who is going through a difficult time. 
(I even have a few sets in my ETSY store here & here  and here if you'd like to purchase some!)

Based on the feedback from the May Scripture Writing Plan, 
there are LOTS of us that struggle with fear and anxiety! 
So I decided to take one or two verses from each day and turn them 
into some printable scripture cards. 

There is a card for each day of the month 
and there are 8 per page for a total of 31 cards and 1 blank card. 

I just cut mine out, punched a hole in each one, 
and used a binder ring to hook them together. 
I also tied it with a ribbon because it makes it super easy to grab in a purse- 
and it looks cute! 
You can find the PDF of the verse cards HERE.  

Monday, April 25, 2016

May Scripture Writing Plan 2016

Thank you to those that have emailed me this month to
tell me how much you like these little scripture writing plans!

I try to respond to each email but please know if I don't that I
seriously LOVE hearing stories of how families,
and Sunday School groups, and churches, and friends 
are working through the plans together.
GOD is so cool how He uses our simple works for HIS good and glory! 

This month I felt very strongly that I needed to do a set of verses on a specific topic
and so I chose a topic that so many, myself included, struggle with: 
Anxiety/Fear.

God mentions the phrases "fear not", “do not be afraid”, 
“do not fear”, and “be not afraid” many, many times in the Bible. 
Obviously He knew we would struggle with anxiety to include it so many times!
(Want to see them all? Check out this great list!)

So for those following along, here's the plan for the month of May.


You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE


Thanks to a sweet reader you can also find the Spanish version HERE.


The sweet reader who picks the verse for the short version for her students
hasn't sent them back to me yet- but as soon 
as she does I promise to post that version here!  


Another reader asked for a version that was more manly (for her husband) 
so you can also find that version HERE



Thursday, April 21, 2016

GOOD News 4/21/16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people.

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

Get your Kleenex- this is a tear jerker!
These sweet kids surprise their cancer- stricken
teacher with "I'm Gonna Love You Through it!"
Watch their sweet faces!



Two undergrads at the University of Washington
 created gloves that turn sign language into speech. How cool is that?


These high school students surprise one of their biggest fans
 to show him how much he means to them.


After their friend was diagnosed with cancer, 80 students, 3 female teachers, and both male principals and even a student's mom- shaved their heads!

This Russian teen born without fingers is now a celebrated piano player!
I have zero excuses for saying I can't do something!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

GOOD News 4/13/16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people.

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

Pets visiting their ill owners in the hospital?
Brilliant and probably the BEST medicine EVER!



Watch as this police officer teaches
 a homeless little girl to play hopscotch.
Adorable!



This laundromat owner spent every night for a week
 washing 1,000 pounds of homeless people's laundry.  
What if we all loved like that?


I'm a sucker for any video of little ones.
This one- of this cutie saying the Lord's Prayer?
PRECIOUS!



You are NEVER too old to learn something new. NEVER.
And this 85 year old who took up tap dancing- is proof!



What these total strangers on a Southwest flight did 
for this man's dying flight attendant sister? 
Absolutely precious.




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

GOOD News 4/6/16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people!

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

This precious grandma waved at the bus every day as it went past. 
Then she got a big surprise! So sweet!



This story? Amazing!
Ex-homeless man gives $10,000 to high school 
after 2 teens buy him a ticket home!




They are backpacking through Europe- 
and taking their disabled friend with them. 
Carrying him on their backs! 


If the station had closed the girl would have had to walk 73 minutes every morning to catch a 9am train in a neighboring town. So instead- they kept it open till she graduated!








Wednesday, March 30, 2016

GOOD News 3/30/16


I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people!

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

This precious young man saved his money 
and paid off his grandparents mortgage 
and sent them on a trip. PRECIOUS! 



This precious girl was born unable to walk or speak. 
But that doesn't stop her! 

Her goal was to score a goal
with the help of her favorite player, Duncan Keith.
And she did!



This Wisconsin teacher made the life-changing 
announcement that she was going to donate a kidney to her 1st grade
studentand this is the moment the grandmother found out!  
Be sure and grab a Kleenex!



This 11 year old throws a Thank You party for police.
So sweet!



This 8 year old violinist excels beyond measure despite
a hand disability.  This adorable girl does not know the word CAN'T!



This. This is what we should all be doing.
LOVE x 1,000,000,000.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

April Scripture Writing Plan 2016

Can you believe it's already almost April? 
This year is FLYING by! 

Thank you to those that have emailed me this month to
tell me how much you like these little scripture writing plans!

I try to respond to each email but please know if I don't that I
seriously LOVE hearing stories of how families,
and Sunday School groups, and churches, and friends 
are working through the plans together.
I've heard from people literally all over the world using the plans.
SO stinkin' neat!
GOD is so cool how He uses 
our simple works for HIS good and glory! 

So for those following along, 
here's the plan for the month of April.

You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE


Thanks to a sweet reader you can also find the Spanish version HERE.

And thanks to another sweet reader you can also find a shortened version HERE


Another reader asked for a version that was more manly (for her husband) 
so you can also find that version HERE



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

GOOD News 3/23/16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people!

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!



This video made me weep.
What an absolutely precious act of kindness by an amazing lady who suffered greatly.
No matter how little you have, you have something to give
and you may never know how much someone needs what you have to offer!


What a GREAT speech by this coach to his players. 
Every American should watch this!


What a beautiful idea! LOVE this so! 

A couple texted the wrong number while the wife was in labor. 
When the recipient replied that it was a wrong number 
all he got was a pic of the mom holding the newborn babe. 
But instead of ignoring it- 
he and his brother drove 40 miles and
showed up with gifts for the baby at the hospital!







Thursday, March 3, 2016

EAT THE FROG FIRST!

Mark Twain once said 

"“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning 
and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” 

His idea was that if the first thing you do each morning 
is to eat a live frog, 
you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing t
hat that is probably (hopefully) the worse things 
that is going to happen to you all day long. 

I'm working to do this- eating my frog FIRST 
(obviously not a REAL frog- but rather the task I most do NOT want to do) 
rather than dwelling on it and stressing over it all stinkin' day long. 

So friends.....EAT THE FROG FIRST!


You can print out your own little reminder as a
 PDF or JPG in the folder HERE.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

GOOD News 3/1/16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people!

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

could learn to talk with their deaf classmate. LOVE!

These little ones telling the Easter story?
PRECIOUS!



These sweet kids read to shelter dogs. Win win!



This autistic young man who is known as the dancing barista?
AWESOME!



Loved her quote...
“Keep praying every day and God will take care of you –

even when it feels like you can’t care for yourself.”