After baking all evening the babes and I scooted on to the yard sale for our church building early Saturday morning. The kids love church and they love being involved, but honestly I thought after an hour they would be over it all. I was wrong. Very wrong. My littles were happy little workers all day. They were friendly and excited even when their product started to melt!
In the end we discounted the cupcakes (for melting) and at the finish of the day we gave the last few away with any purchase! lol They are overwhelmingly excited about the next sale – they are coming up with a fabulous bunch of plans for the next sale – better flavors, indoor booth, signs and more notice to the customers… lol
Duct – duck – duct – you know what I am talking about and while it may have started as “duct” tape it now has a place on the art isle and the brand name id Duck Tape. It comes in a rainbow of sticky and you can (and I do) cover EVERYTHING with it! So naturally when I saw that there was a roll of TIFFANY BLUE (my all time favorite color) roll I picked it up. You never know what you may need to tape!
Little did I know then that it would be MY PHONE. Yeah, lol, try that on for size! In the madness of organizing and cleaning and changing everything my wife dropped my phone and it shattered! No fear – duct tape!
She was so sorry when she dropped it and I simply said, “You are so lucky I happen to have Tiffany blue duct tape!” (Yes, when I say the word I totally pronounce it as DUCT.)
Glass phones – it isn’t until they are completely destroyed that you even think, “Wait, there is a teeny GLASS computer in my pocket.” But there is!
It was something I would say about guys (and girls) as a means of expressing how physically attractive they were. It meant, “I wouldn’t mind looking at that for a long time. Not so pretty that they have to be a nasty person and cute enough to enjoy life with.” (That is the best I can do with a literal interpretation.) Anyway, THAT is all different now that I actually have lawn service! lol
My wife, the amazing provider that she is, works ALL THE TIME and it became clear that she needs help. I pick up the extra I can but I can not pick up the grass cutting. It’s just too much. Finally after much thought I found a lawn service, nice guys and sure they not bad looking ;) but the real clincher is that they do great work at an affordable price! Seriously!
I was so pleased with my yard that I ran right out and decorated my would-be garden with some beautiful colors!
PROVERBS 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
ROMANS 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
PSALMS 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
In sad, scary, disappointing times it is easy to get sucked into the things we can’t control – though we truly need only to focus on what we can and that is only our behaviors, our mouths and ourselves. When I thought of that it became clear that when dealing with people who were (and are, possibly) your friends and when walking into a group that feels familiar you need to really be aware of manipulation and of subtle attack and you MUST guard your heart.
Father, our God,
We thank You for the love and grace that you give to us all, deserved or not. We give to You our emotions and we ask You to give us peace as we walk into the any situation. We ask that you supply us the right words and You gift us all with Your divine discernment. It is our desire to be warm and full of love – no matter the history – that we rise above and in that we are set apart by You. Thank You for all the blessings that Your have poured out over our church family, please bless us further with a Godly ability to love not as we feel or think, but as we are loved by You.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Love you guys, WE GOT THIS!
Today is taking a bit of a turn. I am cluttered and overwhelmed so I am simply posting a few food pics! Enjoy!
When I do laundry I think to myself as I sort all the bits into like piles. I think, “That’s it, we will all be nudist!” and I go about my sorting and washing only to triumph over it and find that as I washed every scrap of clothing I also wore some and therefor there is still dirty clothes in the house!
So it is with dishes! I cook several times a day – once for my wife before she leaves, I also make her lunch at that point; I cook breakfast for me and the kids later; I cook lunch and dinner. This means that all day I am generating new dirty dishes. Most of the time this is no big deal, sometimes I get so frustrated I want to scream!
This morning – I did something about it! I got to the bottom of the sink, and I Oxycleaned it! That’s right!
THIS IS YOUR WARNING: If you discover Oxyclean and you are like me and fall in love with its magical clean. If you then begin to clean everything with your new love. If you use it on your laundry and your sink and your toilet and your shower and you think, “Oh, my floors!” That is when you STOP! You must stop, or you will get this:
Um, yeah! I was all, “I am so gonna clean my floors!” I cleaned the house, rearranged the furniture and I vacuumed everything. Proud and happy I mixed up a batch of water-y pasty Oxyclean and I dropped to my hands and knees. Bang! Bang! Bang! I am just scrubbing all over! I am hot and sweaty and tired and really, really worn down when I am done. I stand and observe my work. My house is sparling! I was ON TOP OF THE WORLD! I made a drink and I joined my girls who were playing outside.
We laughed, we made up games and I then I came back inside. I strolled to my living area where I found white patches everywhere I had scrubbed. No sweat, I reach into my magic bag and took out my steamer. I steam/scrubbed my whole floor and smiled again. Only an hour latter I had not cleaned my cleaning spots, I had simply spread them all over the land! What? Yep – you really should avoid Oxyclean on the floor. When I Googled it to get help I found many such stories. There you go, you’re welcome! lol
Today, as I am posting this at 5:30 in the evening, was a beautiful day. The sun was out and the clouds gave just enough cover, it was warm not hot. At one point, early, I mentioned that the kids may want to go check how pretty it was. They were giddy, so giddy that during their morning break they were going quite bananas. I called them into the kitchen, my kids are generally so sweet and so calm, and I explained that the place to act a fool was outside. “Well, can we go out there?” My oldest asked, to which I replied, “Yep!”
They went out there and colored and played for HOURS, literally. They were so immersed in it that I let them trade Saturday off for Friday, so that they could complete their driveway murals.