When Life Swirls and Nothing Looks Neat and Tidy

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Do you ever feel life begins to toss you in the wind of change? Maybe a move, job change, health issue, or family emergency throws you off your feet and you begin to search for your new normal.

I’ll admit, my family has been there before (several times) and in some ways we find ourselves here once again. Life is uncertain, the future is unclear, and there are a lot of choices to make.

Of course, both my husband and I are visionaries. We enjoy change and adventure…sometimes to a fault!

Maybe your life change was something you created or maybe it was just a circumstance that was thrust upon you. Either way, sometimes life is changing and neat and tidy plans don’t seem possible.

What do you do when life seems messy and uncertain?

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Remember, while you don’t know the future, God knows every aspect and is in ultimate control!

Do your best to embrace the change. While there are life changes much more serious than the ones my family is facing, it is still easy to resist the unknown and worry about making the right decisions. However, at the end of the day, decisions need to be made and a new reality needs to be embraced if I want to keep bitterness and regret from my heart.

Find the good in your change of pace, location, or situation. Count your blessings and remember that every day holds gifts if we’re willing to see them.

Take time to enjoy the ones you love. Even (or perhaps, especially) when life is hectic, it is important to regularly spend time with the ones you love the most. Often they are in the same uncertain season and connecting with them allows you to face your decisions as a team…no one wants to go through life alone!

Have you ever felt like life was changing too quickly or the future was too unknown? How did you make it  through? What advice do you have for others who feel the same way?

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Our Parties Aren’t Pinterest Perfect

Do you struggle with wanting your celebrations to be "Pinterest Perfect"? Here's why I don't anymore and what I get to enjoy instead...

Okay, I know you’ve seen them. Those parties where every last detail matches the color scheme or theme. I’ve seen them pinned and repinned on Pinterest.

And, truth be told…I’ve pinned quite a few myself.

But, then a special birthday approaches and I know there is no way our celebration will look Pinterest perfect.

It used to bother me. But lately I’ve been thankful I don’t have to live up to Pinterest-worthy standards and I can instead simply celebrate and enjoy being with my family.

Maybe someday I’ll have the time, resources, and desire to make my parties a little more coordinated than they are now, but I seriously doubt our family parties will ever go viral on Pinterest.

We recently celebrate Eliya’s fifth birthday with no matching paper goods or fancy balloons. We didn’t purchase coordinating gift wrap or plan an elaborate dinner or finger food spread.

Instead we invited family, told them we were having finger foods and dessert, and actually accepted help when they asked if we’d like them to bring something to eat.

We ended up with chicken salad and rolls, two cheese and cracker trays, chips and salsa, two veggie trays, popcorn, cookies, mini cupcakes, cake and ice cream. More than enough with leftovers to prove it!

We didn’t play any planned games. Instead all the cousins watched a movie, talked, and played while the adults caught up and passed around babies.

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No one worried about getting to the next item on the schedule.

We sang and snapped photos and enjoyed just being together!

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And because things didn’t have to be perfect…

the kids got to help make homemade sprinkles…

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and they loved decorating personal snack boxes for popcorn…

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and Eliya decorated her own birthday cake, which made her feel like five years old is very grown up indeed :)

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Does planning a party stress you out? What is one thing you can let go of so you can simply enjoy the occasion? Have you learned to let go of party perfection? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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When You Forget You’re Loved

lovedFebruary 15th. It can be a let down.

Maybe yesterday you were wined and dined. Maybe you enjoyed breakfast in bed, a massage, a night on the town…but this morning you wake up to familiar sameness.

Or, perhaps you waited for a surprise gift that never came. Or spent the day alone as another Valentine’s Day passed you by.

Can I just tell you, no matter what yesterday was like, you were fiercely loved!

A story so uniquely amazing that it could only be written by the very author of life.

So if you’re feeling unloved today, here are some lines of love written for you.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. ~ Jeremiah 31:3

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:37-39

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; ~ 1 John 3:1(a)

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. ~ Zephaniah 3:17

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Need a reminder for the times you forget how loved you are? Pick up one of our Jeremiah 31:3 prints, Zephaniah 3:17 prints, or our Jeremiah 29:11 print in our shop or print this list to display in your home to help you remember just how loved you truly are.

You Are LovedToday’s Question: How do you remind yourself of God’s love?

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