Thursday, May 31, 2018

'Til Fall!

Hey guys! 

I hope you all have the most exciting summer you’ve ever had! All the good and happy and lovely things that are summer! I hope you relax a lot and pray a lot and spend time with God a lot. I hope you are silly and laugh a whole lot. Read some books and take some walks and just all around enjoy this life that God has given you to live! I’m taking summer off to do all those things as well! So 'til fall—glow each and every day this summer! Love you all!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer is Coming!

PEOPLE! I am so excited about summer. You know I love all the seasons, and here in Florida we celebrate them even if we can’t “feel” them, per say. Fall, winter, spring—sometimes we have to do these in theory. But summer is our jam. Summer is where it's at. Summer always feels like summer! So plan to get your summer on!

Do you have a plan for your summer? Not a minute by minute plan, by any means. The idea is more of a “We are going to have the best summer in the history of summers, and here’s how we’re going to do it” plan. Last June, I told you some of my “summer” words, and I still use those to guide my summer. Cause I don’t want to miss a thing! Maybe write your own list of summer words and use that as a starting off point. Buy a fun summer calendar—or draw one on a sheet of notebook paper! Take a bunch of colorful markers and write down when all those delicious summer words are going to appear in your weeks.

Maybe one of your words is “lemonade”—write on a fun calendar WHEN you’re going to make some lemonade with your kiddos, or your husband, or all by yourself. Make a big deal of it! Make the lemonade, take it outside, sit in that summer sun and do some daydreaming.

Sparklers! Write it on that “Fun Days” calendar. Buy them. Light them. Dance around and sing with them. Pool days and library days and soaking up the sun days and taking all our books outside and reading in the grass days and making ice cream sundae days. So much fun to be had!

I find that when I write these things down, not only do I actually follow through with my truest hopes for my season, whatever that season may be, but the anticipation actually breeds more fun and more joy. Anticipation of the fun thing can be nearly as good as the fun thing!

God actually wants you to have fun. He wants you to be full of His joy. Nehemiah 8:10 even tells us it's our strength. And don’t we all need that. He’s the One who made up summer in the first place, so I know He would want us to find such joy in it. Plan to have yourself a whole lot of joy.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Spiritual Lessons I Have Learned From My Dog.

I love my dog. His name is Goose and he is a black lab, which I am sure is very confusing to our grandson. Even more confusing is the fact that we call his dog a fox. Poor kid.

But Goose…I could learn a lot from him, really. Spiritual things. No, I’m not kidding.

He is always waiting on me in the mornings. Always wanting to snuggle and be together. First thing. Never fails. I wish I was more like that with God.

He is persistent when he wants things. He will sit and look at you with his brown puppy dog eyes as long as it takes to get that piece of cheese on your plate. I wish I was attentive like that to God and His gifts to me.

When Goose is playing in the yard, it is beyond ADORABLE when he just stops suddenly and looks around til he finds me. ME. It melts my heart. I want to be trucking right along and just stopping every little bit—God! There You are! Just wanted to see You!

So all you non-dog lovers are perhaps confused and even slightly embarrassed that I have spiritualized my dog. That’s okay. All my dog peeps get it. And every time you wake up to that little ball of fur, every time he waits and waits and waits for you to share your bounty, every time he looks for you—you’ll think you should be doing some of that, too.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Letter Boards!

Are any of you guys into Letter boards? I LOVE them! It is so much fun to leave messages around to remind yourself of something good or bless someone with a loving message or if you are like me, try to think of something hilarious to put it on it so you will giggle every time you pass it. It’s like chalkboards for people with bad handwriting.

My daughter had one first and put awesome things on it. I would get tickled at all the things she would write. Then I got my own and have spent much too much time on Pinterest finding funny letter board quotes. Song lyrics. Riddles. The possibilities are endless, people.

But you know what? As hilarious as I like to think I am, the most comments I get from my family are when I leave them a simple message. Like “Welcome Home!” or “You’ve worked hard—let’s have a great weekend!” or “Made your favorite dinner to make up for your poopy day!” You see.

It’s certainly not rocket science. And it’s certainly not time-consuming. It’s like cards, I guess. It is so…thoughtful. So…personal. Someone took the time to write a special message just for me. Not for the masses, but me. And, hello, who doesn’t want a sign made just for them?!

Maybe try it out? They sell them everywhere now! I got this little one that I leave on my husband’s bathroom counter from time to time at the Dollar Spot at Target. SO FUN.

Write away to your heart's content. Be hilarious. Crack yourself up. And sometimes, be specific and personal…and still hilarious.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy National Karaoke Week!

Brace yourself. It is National Karaoke Week.

Wow. What a time to be alive.

Now, I have never actually been to Karaoke. Well….never actually participated in Karaoke. But the thought of it, right? Very exciting! I have “a song”. You know when Pandora sends you the song you most listened to the whole entire year? Yeah, my song is the same every single year. I know you think it is going to be spiritual and meaningful and may even bring you to tears. So inspirational, so powerful. Thank you for thinking so highly of me.


It is “Ice, Ice, Baby”. If we can’t be friends anymore, I understand. Actually, wait. I do NOT understand. What happened to, “Hey, you be you…”. I can’t explain my fascination with this song. I’ve tried. I can’t tell you why I LOVE it. And I do LOVE it.

I can’t tell you why I know every word or why I crank it up SO LOUD (that loud!) every single time it comes on, which is often. I can only tell you my heart is forever bound to this song. I know every word. I have my own dance moves. If Vanilla Ice ever had an emergency, he could call me. I’m ready for it. 

I’m telling you all of this so you will schedule some karaoke time this month. My guess is most of you have never written “karaoke time” in your planner. Me either. But how much fun is it to turn off the world for a bit and sing at the top of your lungs? I think its pretty fun. I’m sure going to find out.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Random Acts of Kindness.

Did you know there was such a thing as “Random Acts of Kindness Day”?! I didn’t, so predictably, I missed it. It was February 17. But all is not lost. Can’t any…random…day be a random acts of kindness day?

I mean, what a great idea for a day of celebration!! PLEASE celebrate the idea of this holiday, on any day of your choosing. Who knows who you will bless, at just the right time.

I talk to so many women going through such hard times. They are your cashiers at the grocery store. They are the ladies who check you out at Ross. They are your servers at the restaurant. They drive beside you and work beside you and pick up their kids from school beside you and live beside you. You just never know who you are blessing.

You just never know whose husband has just left, whose child has just been diagnosed, whose heart has just been broken, whose hope has just been crushed. And every single day we have a chance to bless, to love.

If we are the light of the world, then our part is to shine, even when we don’t know the back stories. Many times, most times, we won’t. It’s so great to know that God knows who needs our light most, and that’s why we trust Him to order our steps.

Go shine all over the place today. Random acts of kindness—sometimes they are as simple as a smile, as a compliment.

I try to remember that everybody has a back story as the cashier is rude to me. Or the server forgets my water again. As the driver cuts me off. Okay, that last one isn’t true. Yet. I’m still working on that…

But it’s true that every one of us has a hard day, and how awesome is it when on that day someone comes right along and just blesses our socks off? Go bless some socks off.