Thursday, July 30, 2009

Something to do on a rainy day....

I made another canvas for my wall, I have these all over my house instead of artwork, here is my latest creation....
It is a recent picture I took of my daughter and I love the fact that the shadow on the hood of the vehicle looks like an angel, such a picture of praise for me.

Here is another one I made a while ago for my bathroom with pictures of my trip to France.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Celebrating the Curviness in all of Us

A recent interesting conversation had us discussing what was considered beautiful, we came to somewhat of a conclusion that in American culture skinny model-types are what our culture finds beautiful and in many other cultures around our world women with 'a little bit more' are the picture of beauty.

Well this is somewhat disconcerting for someone like me who can't just pack up and leave and move to a different part of the world where my curves are appreciated by popular culture.

So imagine my shock when I read an interview with an actor named Michael Vartan a handsome cutie, seen in movies like Monster in Law and in the popular TV series Alias, well they were asking him 5 Reasons Women Make Life So Much Sweeter. This was his reason #4 Your Curves are Captivating ~ "I don't get where being rail-thin became attractive. Most guys I know like curves. I've been fortunate enough to work in small rural parts of America and the women there are real women. There is nothing sexier than a woman walking down the street who happens to be overweight but doesn't care and owns it. That's so refreshing and sexy and empowering because its and attitude, a part of her being and soul that can be seen just walking down the street. It's really cool. I love women who have the confidence to be who they are."

After I read that I nearly sang the entire rendition of the Hallelujah chorus not because I feel that Michael Vartan is the voice of reason but rather it was one voice although quiet needs to be heard by millions of women in our culture that are longing for comfort in their curves.

Thank goodness for a hubby who also embraces my curves with a smile( that sounds slightly kinky) well you know what I mean. I can now stand up with a even more confidence and celebrate 'my God -given, cheeseburger enhanced curves' and not be ashamed of all that I am.

Do I hear an Amen ladies (and men)? Continue on in your ventures to better health but enjoy every step along the way knowing that you truly are beautiful no matter what our popular culture may try to tell us. No matter what size you are, be who YOU ARE and celebrate the beauty that comes from inner confidence!!! Now go ahead do your strut.....oh to be a fly on the wall ;) .

**quote in interview from First magazine, August 3,2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Great Week

There is a popular saying that goes like this " If life hands you lemons, make lemonade". Well this week the saying went something like this for our family " When spending a week at the lake and the weather is bad, use your imagination". That is exactly what my Noah did this week along with Papa and Keziah they built their very own raft and then took it sailing on the lake.
It was so neat to see my boy so very proud of his creation, he had a permanent smile on his face watching it float around.
Even though the weather was bad all week at the lake, we managed to have a great week spending time in close quarters. Lots of reading, games, walks in the rain and TV, and most importantly the kids had time with their granna and papa it was a quiet week but everyone needs those too :) . I had a great time with my in-laws they are such a blessing in our lives and the lives of my kids, we all get spoiled!

Coming home to a spotless house was wonderful, my mom surprised me by coming over while we were gone and cleaning my whole house, doing all my laundry and there were 10 jars of fresh strawberry/ rhubarb jam in my fridge and a new rug and my front door fixed. Such an incredible blessing!! Gotta love parents : ) !! Mine are truly the best!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Longing for Satisfaction in a Satisfaction Guaranteed World

These days everywhere you look whatever product you buy it reads 'satisfaction guaranteed or your money back'. Promising that if you are not 100% satisfied that you get a 100% return on your investment.

In my opinion people are living the same way in society today; tossing aside marriages because they are not 'satisfied' ;looking to other relationships of any sort for satisfaction; woman obsessing about their outer beauty longing for some sort of satisfaction(I know I am guilty of this one forsure); addictions of all sorts whether it be work or pornography searching for satisfaction.

What is satisfaction anyway? The dictionary describes it as; fulfillment of a need or desire,The pleasure obtained by such fulfillment and the source of such fulfillment.

Where does true satisfaction come from? I have asked myself this question a lot lately. Am I only satisfied when things are going the way I want them in my marriage, life with my kids or my friendships?

I think that if I am constantly looking to others whether it be my husband, my children, my friends, church etc. to help me feel satisfied it will always come up short. The only true satisfaction comes from having a close intimate relationship with the creator Himself, He longs to help fulfill my desires and help me live life to the full and overflowing, He is my source and my only 100% guarantee.

I am coming to the realization more and more everyday that as long as I am walking this road called life walking hand in hand with my creator I will have moments in my life of absolute satisfaction not only in my walk with Him but in my marriage, my family and my friendships as well.

With God I know I will have satisfaction guaranteed in all areas of my life, so I am 'losing my receipt' so to speak and living outloud for the one who made me who I am knowing that I'll never need my money back. After all He already paid the FULL price!!

John 10:10 - Jesus speaking " A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of" The Message Bible

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

My Girl is Growing up......

I had so much fun doing these pictures, my sis-in-law did her hair and then we went into her field and took some pics.

(click on it to view a bigger picture)

Monday, July 06, 2009

Living A Life....

That is what it is all about isn't it??.... Living a life. Ours is a once in a lifetime chance of living. Some days I honestly want to put my life on a shelf and have it sit there for a while and press pause, other days it couldn't go fast enough and some days it is just the right pace.

Each day is a new challenge, if its not dealing with the kids constantly fighting each other, it is a challenge in marriage or in just dealing with myself. Everyday I have the choice to do something or sit back and let life happen to me and truth be told I sometimes enjoy sitting back too often.

Right now though I am dealing with kids that are constantly fighting or arguing over something so being positive is really a choice. I realize that it is a normal part of growing up with siblings, doesn't make it any easier though for a mom to have to deal with it. I just gotta cling to the fact that I love my brothers now after all the fighting we did and I can hope and pray for the same things or my kids.

I do want this summer to be filled with making memories, with my kids, my family and my friends. I don't want my kids to remember me for just correcting them, nagging them etc. This means being proactive on my part and finding ideas of things to do. So I guess I better starting finding some good ideas quick because right now military school is sounding good ;) !!

To all you mothers out there dealing with kids all summer long, hats off to you all!! Hope you all have a fabulous summer!!