Monday, April 20, 2015

A Rose By Any Other Name

I thought I would just send some encouragement out there today.

Today is a day for many to start all over again. Run, hit the gym or go on a diet because they blew it over the weekend. Or maybe to be a better parent because their kids weren't perfect at school last week. 
And oh no!!! You didn't find some new recipe to wow your family or companion with? For shame!

I get exhausted of all the expectations everyone is putting on themselves.

How about this:
Don't look in the mirror today. Take a good look at your soul.  Get off social media for a sec and listen to the birds or just make a phone call, not a text, but a call or actual visit to a friend or family member to chat. We have lost personal connection with even our most dear to the cold silence of texting and other media. Life is busy but it's also fast and if you don't get personal with it you will find it won't get personal with you either. 
Spend that time you have fretted over what to wear, how many calories you can burn doing who knows what, and sit down for heaven's sake and appreciate what you "do" have.You. You have you.  We are built to commune.  There is a void in our hearts that can only be satisfied with one thing that is perfect and that is God Himself.  When we don't fill that first we just get frustrated with "trying" to fill it with stuff that doesn't satisfy it because it just can't. You know I'm right.

Be quiet for a bit today. Promise yourself that you will not be comparing yourself with the Barbie's & Ken's next door. BTW...They're comparing themselves to you too. 
Appreciate your own appearance. Your own children. Your own home, it is "home".  
Your cooking is always better than money thrown at a restaurant, there's no comparison to eating as a family in your own home, if it's just a husband and wife (that's us) or if you have a bunch of kids to feed. 
Commit to focusing on the real stuff this life has to offer, people! If you don't have them. There's nothing else!

Celebrate people for who they are. Not what you want them to be or what you expect yourself to be. Just enjoy what's been given.
You might not be a rose, you could be lavandar or a lily, a dahlia or even more like a succulent blossom, amazingly strong resilient.

What ever you are...
You are that beautiful flower that The Lord has made. Perfect, unique and NOT necessarily called a rose but by any other name, you "ARE AS SWEET!"

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Master Bedroom Help

Hi Friends!
I haven't posted in awhile and I've been missing this!  
Life has a way of marching on and I lose track of time. Next thing you know it's time to make of my least favorite things to do.
Anyway, I'm asking for a little in-put from you all. We have lived in this house a long time. Designs come and go. I got really tired of our bedroom so I decided to just start taking stuff down without much of a plan for what I really wanted.
I'm the kind of person who wants to do it right the first time so I don't want to just throw something up and call it good.
There are so many creative people out there and I thought it would be fun to get some thoughts outside my circle.
Here is a picture of what was up on the large wall. I didn't take "before" photos of the other sides of the room. Darn. 
 I love my bed, it stays. As well as the "Originals" sign above it.  It has significant meaning to us.
I also love the Mr. & Mrs. pillow that I purchased at TJ Maxx. I'm hoping to find a white coverlet to replace the cream ruched duvet that I had on there. I'm so so done with duvets. They are a pain and never look right.
 The leather chair stays too. 
 I bought the wood lanterns in the niche from Marshall's Home Goods and I haven't removed the price tags yet because I'm not sold on the look. Too much? I thought the timer candles would make for nice romantic ambiance in the evenings. But I might like another idea.

Ok, now it's your turn...What are your thoughts & ideas?