Adventures in Mesa this weekend! We're having a stay-cation for the long weekend, exploring #downtownmesa. ☀️ Finding lots of cool stuff we didn't know was here!
I'd decided to take Edison on a quick walk, more for me than for him, to clear my head a bit in hopes of not tossing and turning all night again. He was fascinated by the water flowing through the gutter, and I picked up a few pebbles and tossed them in. He was delighted, and I realized I'd made a terrible mistake - now we were going to be here all night, and we'd barely walked a few feet from the house! As I was trying to hurry him along without success, a lady came jogging past. I miss those days when they were so small and so content to play with rocks! She said. I took a deep breath. The days are long, but the years are short.
My favorite people ☺️ We celebrated Mother's Day Weekend with dinner at our favorite restaurant, plant shopping, and exploring Downtown Mesa. After which, I got sick, but these guys took great care of me and made me feel special and loved. Coffee in bed, handwritten notes, and cleaning the kitchen - who needs glittery cards?!
The last several days I've struggled with overwhelm and fear over all the things that are coming up before the end of the month - work projects, travel, a funeral out of state, an outpatient surgery, and other new challenges. Maybe you can relate? The days seem long, but the to do lists are longer. But God keeps reminding me through wise counsel and His Word to take one day at a time. Psalm 4 and John 15 have been particularly encouraging. He promises abundant life, rest, and peace - I just need to abide in Him, trust that He has a purpose and plan for me, believe that I am safe. All I need on my to do list are 1. listen for his voice and 2. follow where he leads. The rest will take care of itself! What's been encouraging you lately?
Today on the blog, how to make a cute tasseled banner like this one! The short version: 1.make a pattern and cut it out of cotton 2. glue the two pieces of cotton together around the edges and turn them inside out when dry, 3. make the tassels (so easy!) 4. add your quote, 5. add some loops and a stick from the backyard or a wooden grilling skewer, and hang! I made both in one of Edison's long Saturday naps. 🙌🏻 I want to make many more! If you make one, what would you want it to say?
Happy Earth Day! 🌎 I was reminded of just how creative and beautiful our earth is, and our responsibility to take good care of it and steward its resources wisely to God's glory this morning. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 🌤When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, 🌙✨which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 🐑🦍🐘🐅🐳🐆🦀🦑🐒🦁🦉Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8.
I'm extra thankful for my family today. My Easter dress I wore last Sunday was a labor of love from my MIL, who altered a beautiful Kate Spade steal that didn't fit me quite right. She's currently visiting to take care of me and Edison while I recover from an outpatient oral surgery. Brian took morning off work to go with me for the procedure and make sure I made it through the scary part (IV!) and in general made me feel so much better about it. And Edison has been loving spending time with Grandma, and bringing me his toys to make me feel better 😊 Family and friends really make our lives so rich and are the key to getting through the tougher times. Who are you thankful for today?
As it is written: 'I have made you a father of many nations.' He [Abraham] is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Roman 4:17 Thankful for a God of Life, who calls into being the things that are not - the hopes and dreams we thought had died, the future that looks dark - Jesus brings life and light, and in him all things are made new!
Well Nashville, it was fun! Because the conference started at 9 am and ended at 5pm, there really wasn't an opportunity to do any sightseeing before things closed down. So I did lots of exploring in the area, found a great coffee shop, and went to Urban Outfitters for the first time. Now I feel like a true Millennial 😉