Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trust...



Trust.

I’m thinking about trust tonight.

Trust is precious and valuable. Oh so valuable.
Worth more than money,
Not something to be taken lightly,
Not something to be given lightheartedly.

Trust.

As I’ve grown I’ve had to earn it. My parents have honored me with the weight of their words,
“We trust you. You’ve earned our trust.”

Powerful.
Those words are powerful and sink into me tonight.
They trust me.

Trust is more valuable than any sum of money.
Trust is precious.

As I ponder that five letter word beginning with a “t”, I’m overwhelmed as a verse rings through my ears.

Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."

Trust.

That thing more valuable than any sum of money,
And, the precious word that shouldn’t be given lightly.

We are called to trust in the Lord with all our heart.  

That word in the midst of that verse has so much more meaning tonight.

He is more worthy of trust than anyone, yet sometimes I say no.
I hold onto that which is expressed in English with five letters that begin with a “t”.
I hold onto that which is more precious than any sum of money,
And I say, “No.”
My heart aches for the times I’ve said “no” and pulled back.

I want to trust.
To really trust-
The One who deserves it most of all.



Blessings,
Sarah

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's a hoot...(Something free to share!)

Hello everyone!

I wanted to take a few minutes to share about a lovely free printable calendar!
Do you like owls?
Do you like the idea of creating the picture order and selection for your calendar?
Do you enjoy fun free digital art?

Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions head over to My Owl Barn by clicking the button below.


I just finished creating my own 2012 Owl calendar! It was fun, easy, and now I get to enjoy the incredible art work!

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over! =)

Blessings,
Sarah

P.S. I was sorry to miss yesterdays Magnificent Mondays post, but I wasn't feeling very well. But, I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thoughts for fathers and brothers...(Gals can read it too!)

I wrote this and shared it on my facebook page tonight.
I don't really think that very many guys read my blog, but I wanted to share it here too.

And for you gals reading this, I hope that you have and do have some wonderful people letting you know that you are beautiful, that you have others who are proud of you, and that you know that you are loved!
Because let me tell you- You are loved.



Fathers and brothers, never underestimate how meaningful it is when you tell your daughter or sister that they are beautiful, that you are proud of them, and that you love them.

Though charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting,
It is  important for you to tell us you see beauty when you look at us
Not only in body but also as who we are.

Though we may not show how much it means
Or neglect to appreciate the meaning
When you tell us you are proud of us our hearts swell

And, just in case you can’t tell
Those three words- I love you,
When meaningfully spoken help us even in the times we feel so broken.

When my brothers and especially my Daddy tell me,

"You’re beautiful,
I’m proud of you,
I love you."

This is how I feel inside…


Inspired by tonight.




P.S. Mommas and sisters you can tell one another that too. And, you can also encourage the guys in your life.
P.P.S. I love my Papa Bear and my wonderful brothers. 
 

Photo Credit-Nic Pettersson.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A few little things from my week...

Hello everyone!

It's time for another It's the Little Things post!

Want to join in the link up party fun?

Aisle to Aloha


Some of the little things of my week...

Seeing my Girly Girl enjoy the sunshine...



The pets wanting to snuggle more with the cooler weather.

Reflective thoughts...


Ducks that make you laugh....


Dictionaries...


Journals to fill with words...


New nail polish...


Fun scarves to wear...


Nesting one area at a time...


It's also little things like hugs from my brothers, good talks with my sister, encouraging words, when others ask my family how I'm doing, and the joy of giving a gift!

What are some of the little things from your week?

Blessings,
Sarah

Five minute Friday: Beyond...

Hello everyone!

It's been a long time since I participated, but today I'm linking back up with some lovely ladies over at The Gypsy Mama. Each Friday is a Five Minute Friday where you are given a prompt and must only write for five minutes. For the perfectionist in me, this is a challenge. But, challenges can be good and can help us grow.




Today's prompt is Beyond...

Start:



This weekend I went to the park with my family and another family that we’re friends with.
A beautiful butterfly passed by and I tried to quickly capture a glimpse of the beauty with the eye of my camera.

This is what I captured.

I've titled this A Beautiful Blur.


To my perfectionist personality this at first was disappointing and I almost deleted it. But, then I looked beyond the seemingly messiness, I looked beyond what I often think makes a good picture, and I glimpsed the beauty.  There is something oddly beautiful about this blurred picture.

Is it the way the tree almost looks like a painting?
Is it the imperfection?

I don’t know, but this perfectionist is seeing beauty in a “mistake”! Gasp!
Beauty in the messy! Yes, beauty in the blurred and messy.

My life is much the same. Blurred and messy seemingly. And lately I’ve had troubled looking beyond my circumstances and health issues at the beauty.

But, just like with that picture, today I look beyond the seemingly mistakes of my health issues.
Today I go beyond myself and trust that there is a reason this is being allowed.

Can you look beyond at the beauty of the picture?
Can you look beyond circumstances and see that beauty too?

Stop.

Blessings,
Sarah

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A hat and a nesting craze...

Hello everyone!

I think it is about time to showcase some crafts again!
With this lovely autumn weather I've been in the mood to crochet more. Back in this post I showed a little preview of my autumn inspired hat I've been working on. I didn't use a pattern for this hat; instead I made four miniature granny squares and stitched them together for each panel of the hat.  

Originally, I had planned on making the basic hat and adding a little extra something like a flower so that I could wear it myself. When the creation was completed though, I quickly realized that the hat was more masculine in shape and size. So, instead of finding a happy home upon my head it now resides splendidly on my brother's noggin.

He was kind enough to model it so that I could share the completed project.

The back of the hat.

Happily at home on the noggin.
I also wanted to share about my new "nesting" craze.
Until this week I hadn't heard of the term "nesting" as a verb, but it perfectly describes the longing I've had lately.

Nesting- To make a place more comfortable and homelike. (Informal intransitive verb.)

I've been night-dreaming of nesting, daydreaming of nesting, and when I've had energy and felt well enough I've been working on nesting. The first step in my nesting craze is removing clutter and doing autumn-cleaning (the equivalent of spring-cleaning just in a different season). It's rather ridiculous how filthy my areas of the room have become. Cleaning takes energy and I quite frankly have slacked in that area too long. When the room was clean I didn't consistently use part of my "energy reserves" to keep it that way. Now I must face the daunting task of a room overrun with clutter. But, I've finally begun the process.  

Once the deep cleaning is done then I will begin the fun part of nesting- little creative projects. 
I'm concocting a few different projects in my head and look forward to sharing them with you once I've completed the cleaning process. I've made a sort of "rule" that I can't start the fun nesting projects until the not so fun stuff is done. 

Have you ever heard of the term "nesting"?
Do you ever get into a nesting craze?

Blessings,
Sarah

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Somehing old and something new, next to water that is blue...

Hello everyone!

I'm not feeling that great right now due to symptoms, but I had the need to be creative in some simplistic form.
So, I thought of this little blog post.

Today I tell the story of something old and something new next to water that is blue. 
(Friends and family, don't pass out! It has nothing to do with wedding bells and walking down the aisle. Just playing off of the phrase that happens to be typically wedding themed.)

This is the something old....


This picture was taken approximately four years ago. A much younger me wore short hair and sneakers with doodles on them as I sat next to my favorite tree and pond at a locale park. I've changed a lot in four years and I'm not exactly where I thought I would be at this age, but that's okay.  Life has a way of going in unexpected directions. I'm thankful that God isn't surprised by anything that is unexpected for me and that He continues to guide me no matter what is going on in my life.

This is the something new next to water that is blue...

 
This past weekend my family and another dear family met at that park for lunch. My sister helped me recapture a shot next to the same spot that the old picture was taken. A lot has occurred and changed between these two pictures. I've changed, a lot has occurred in my life, and even the tree has changed. An old branch is gone, the pond is filled with water from the rain, and the sunshine was brighter from the time of day.
I've changed physically, grown, lost weight, grown out my hair, gotten glasses, retired my old sneakers. I've grown as a person and learned a lot since then. It's amazing how much can happen in four years. 


It was a wonderful time at the park with family, friends, ducks, food, and my favorite tree by the pond.
Most of all, it was a time of reflection. 

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Have you ever gone back to a spot where you once sat years ago for a time of reflection?
What was special about it for you?

Blessings,
Sarah

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tea Time: Tea DIY...

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share a fun little tea-time post with all of you!
Last week I wanted to play with how I made my tea and came up with a lovely mixture for a little cup of tea. While drinking my Honey-Mint Tea in my new green teacup I decided to doodle and came up with a little bit of art.
New teacup+new tea recipe+teacup doodle= the idea, "I should do a tea time post!"
Thus, this post was born.


Isn't that a lovely quote? It made me smile as I thought about all the times a cup of tea has helped me take a journey through thought. 



Want to make your very own cup of honey mint tea?
Here is a fun little DIY!
Enjoy!


If you want a larger cup of tea simply double all of the ingredients above!

Blessings,
Sarah

On tears...

There is a gal who is choosing joy.
A gal that loves whimsy, beauty, light, love, and Truth.
This gal doesn’t like to cry before others.
Which is funny,
Because something she admires about her Father is the true manliness and bravery he has 
in not being afraid to cry in front of his family.
So, why does she hide them?
Why?

After all, aren’t tears a release?
Aren’t they a watering of the heart?
They can be healing, and they can be healthy.
So, what is the reasoning behind the hiding?
It is pride.

But, there is also a growing friendship.
On a wooden bench,
Two friends,
A juice and a smoothie,
Sat.
There was a heart-spilling.
She cried with the moonlight above veiled in a cloud,
“Like a wedding gown” said friend.
 There was sister-shipping,
Heart-spilling on an autumn night,
And she cried.

But, her tears were healing,
They were good.
And, wonder of wonders,
She ended up smiling amidst the crying,

Her heart melted as she and dear friend shared fears,
Yet, they also shared prayers.
Beauty.
There is beauty in the midst of brokenness,
Humbleness,
And tears.
Pride is a foolish thing.
So pride is set aside and tears are released,
Prayers are prayed,
Hugs are shared,
And a friendship grows.
Pride had to first be set aside.
Then came heart-spilling,
Tear dripping,
Prayer lifting,
Friendship growing,
Then came hope.
Then came peace.
Under the autumn moon with wind swishing amongst the trees-
Tears spilled and hearts filled.

As you may have guessed this story is of me.
I’m the gal that sat on a wooden bench with wind amongst the trees.
The dear friend is truly a dear friend to me.
 I tuck last night away as a cherished memory.

As I was writing this I felt led to share it on here.
I wrestled a bit with whether this is too personal to share.
I also didn't want to share it with the wrong attitude of wanting selfish attention.
The conclusion I came to was this-
If in my sharing I encourage one person to take time to allow tears to flow and drip,
To lower pride,
To let tears flow and heart fill,
Then this is worth it.

It's okay to cry.
It's okay to lower pride.
It's okay to cry.






The gal overwhelmed by grace,
Sarah
 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Magnificent Monday and a pup-pup story...

Hello everyone!

It's another Magnificent Monday around here! My Monday was filled with school, a power nap that turned into a nap of over four hours long, yummy dinner with the family, watching our dog be silly, and shopping the sales with my Momma at a craft store that is moving to a new location.  (I purchased some autumn yarn and fun buttons!)

To bring a little fun to the end of your Monday I want to tell you about this adorable pup-pup.


Would you ever guess what that lovely dog of mine was obsessed with today?

Well, let me tell you.
Our neighbors were spinning cotton candy today and gave some to my siblings. Our dog Annie went crazy!
She walked all around the kitchen smelling the sugar spun smell and licking her lips. She would sit where she could see the pink clouds and smacked her lips as the smell graced her nostrils.
Now, she was a dog that got dumped in the country that we adopted so we know nothing about her past, but we are thinking somehow she must have had cotton candy.
She has never acted like that about any food even when Momma has cooked meat in the kitchen.
It was the funniest thing to see her longing for pink spun sugar!
Though, we didn't tease her with it and we definitely would never give her such a thing!
I hope that little story made you smile.

I'm still working on responding to the many lovely comments that I've been blessed with at the blog lately. Thank you for the sweet words!

I hope your Monday has been magnificent.
This week I hope to share a few different things with all of you. Such as a fun tea DIY, a completed crochet hat, and who knows what else.

Tomorrow is a new day. When you wake, make the most of it.

Do you ever wake with a smile or a song in your heart?

Blessings,
Sarah

Friday, October 7, 2011

Little things like kitten snuggles and tea time...

Hello everyone!

I have great news! First of all, it's another fabulous It's the Little Things Friday! Secondly, I've been feeling much better today and I finally feel back to my "normal" self after having a symptom flare-up this week. Hooray!
Now, off to show you some lovelies from my week.

There are many little things that have blessed me this week. Here are a few of them...
It's the little things like...

Baby Kitten snuggle times...

Please pardon the odd sunlight in the picture. My little brother was helping take the picture since I was slightly occupied with the cuteness.
In case you missed this post (or even if you saw it and didn't get your fill of cuteness) here are some more cute kitty pictures...

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It's also the little things like...

Home-made pancakes...

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This note-pad...
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Tea Time...
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(Check back soon for a yummy and hopefully fun post about tea DIY.)

This teacup that I purchased for two quarters...
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What are some of the little things from your week?

Linking up with my pals over here:



Aisle to Aloha


Blessings,
Sarah

P.S. What do you think of the new blog design?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The bloom and a gentle reminder...


It was a long dry summer filled with heat that sucked so much beautiful plant life brittle until it was no more.
Yet, my Momma went out almost every day and watered our few little plants in hopes that some of them would stay. Most of our flowers didn’t make it, but this one potted plant with vibrant red blooms rejoiced and showed its vivacity with the gradual cooling of autumn.

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It bloomed.
But, it wouldn’t have bloomed without the water in the midst of drought.
I needed that reminder- the reminder to allow the Gardener to water me and quench my thirst.
The reminder that living water satisfies.

As I work to capture a small glimpse of the essence of this bloom’s beauty I’m also reminded of a verse.
It is when He spoke of not being anxious about the future, of not being anxious about tomorrow. He spoke of the birds and the flowers and how they are cared for.

Yet, how much more He cares for me, for us?

Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
 34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
So, I place down my fears of the future,
I gaze upon this little vibrant bloom and remember that the ultimate Gardner cares for it, yet cares even more for me and you.

I'm cared for.
I'm watered.
I'm cared for.
And, so are you.

This is what my heart sings in this moment-
Psalm 8:3-4, and 9
3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
   and the son of man that you care for him?
9O LORD, our Lord,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Do you need to let go of any anxiety and let tomorrow be anxious for itself?

Blessings,
Sarah

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kitten love...

Yesterday and today I haven't felt that great.
I'm fairly certain that it is a "crash" due to overdoing
Friday,
Saturday,
Sunday,
and Monday.
Yet, even when I'm weak and worn
with a low grade fever pulsing through me
and even when my body seems to fight itself
I desire to choose joy and look on the bright side.
Life isn't easy, but it is still beautiful.

There are so many daily blessings.
I do not want to overlook them
even when the day seems coated in gray.
Sometimes it's just good to smile.
To smile inspite of the heaviness,
Smile in spite of the weariness,
And to smile in spite of the fears.

So, when I needed a good smile today
I took a bit of time to look.
I looked at the pictures I took of little ones.
Little ones that I cuddled,
that belong to the neighbor,
that slumbered against me,
and played with my scarlet yarn. 
There is puppy love,
but this is kitten love.

I smile.
I see beauty.
I see marvelously created.

Need a good smile? Enjoy a bit of kitten love.

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Blessings,
Sarah  

P.S. I'm glad to be "back" with my friends over at imperfect prose today. It's good to be linking up again. 


Monday, October 3, 2011

A Magnificent Monday and thoughts on happiness...

Hello everyone!

It's another Magnificent Monday! I feel as though I've been "missing in action" a bit lately. Not posting as much as I like, but thus is life in some ways.

I've had a good Monday. After a very busy weekend filled with thrift store shopping, movie watching, mini-concert jiving, and visiting with friends I've been a bit tired today, but very blessed. I must say, there is just something special about music being sung and played under the open sky. If you've never experienced that I hope you do at some point in your life. It is special.

For today I wanted to share a story with all of you and a few pictures. As many gals sometimes do, I had a chocolate craving this past week. Oh yes, the I NEED chocolate kind of chocolate craving. I happen to have the most amazing Momma in the world who swung by the store and purchased some scrumptious Dove chocolate. Now, I must point out, I truly enjoy the taste and texture of Dove chocolate, but it's a major bonus to my word girl heart to enjoy the little messages in each individual wrapper.
The night that I unwrapped the very first chocolate my taste buds rejoiced and my creative heart sang with joy as I read the little message inside.

"Happiness looks great on you."
I smiled.
Happiness looks good on me?
Not just good, it looks great?
Yes, I guess it does.
Happiness looks great on me.
Doesn't true happiness look great on everyone?
Not the someone dropped all their books and so the hallway all filled up laughed at the mess sort of "happy",
Not the I'm "happy" now because I got back at them for what they did,
And not the I'm "happy" now because I have all the "stuff" that's desired.
No, I speak of true happiness. The pure happiness.
The kind where we laugh because we are having good fun,
The singing glory songs under an open star filled-moon glow sky,
The true happiness in the midst of every day things in life.

Guess what? 
Happiness looks great on you. 
Really, it does.
Even the toothless look beautiful when they smile with true happiness.
So, you, with all or most of your teeth in tact need to see that true happiness looks great on you.


This handsome fellow is my brother. It's hard to believe this deep voiced boy-man that can pick me up is the same guy I used to have sit in my lap when he was little . Time flies by one day at a time.

We have a lot of fun together. Can you tell?

He makes me laugh.

One day, (a long, long, long time from now) I have a feeling that some special gal will love how he makes her laugh too.

Blessings,
Sarah

P.S. Like the new header? =)