Thankful {24/30}

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today I am thankful for my little Small Town, USA. I adore this's my heart, it's where I'm rooted, it's where I grew up, it's where I've made tons of memories and now it's where I make memories with my fam. There isn't a single other place I would rather live ♥

Thankful {23/30}

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I am so thankful for the most amazing church + church family. I've been so so so very blessed to attend this church since I was a baby and honestly feel as if they are my family. I've made so many lifelong friends inside this church. And just walking through the doors makes me feel home.

Thankful {19/30} + {20/30} + {21/30}

Friday, November 21, 2014

How is it possible that time gets away from me so quickly this year?  I refuse to associate that with getting older.  I mean, we all clearly know I haven't aged since I was 29.

{19/30} Today I'm thankful that my lovely ladies have finally started laying. Goodness, I thought I wasn't ever going to see eggs in those nests! These good girls decided where I wasn't them to lay wasn't sufficient, so they created their own "secret" nest. Yep, over a dozen eggs in it when I found it.

{20/30} Today I am thankful for an entire day of Christmas shopping with my mama. I so looooove shopping days with my mama and treasure it. After all, she's the one that trained me to be the shopper I am :) Although I have to admit, she can still out-shop me. Our days are always filled with lots of laughing, LOTS of me searching stores for her (I still don't understand how she can disappear so quickly) and some super yummy food. PERFECTION!!!!

{21/30} Today I am thankful for this little special stack. This is everything I need to assemble our Christmas cards. Getting our cards ready each year is one of my favorite things to do before Christmas. And each year I try to make it special and unique :)

Thankful {18/30}

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I am so completely thankful for music. It's such a HUGE part of our lives in this household. With one note it can take you soaring back to a moment in time. It can lift your soul. It can make you shed tears of grief.  And it can make laugh. Music is a universal language, you don’t even have to understand the words if the artist is pouring their soul into the song.

Just as books have always always always been a huge part of my life, so has music. I can remember singing along with my dad to a Statler Brothers record when I was just a wee one. He gave me my love of southern gospel quartets. Every summer, we would pack up the car and head an hour away to the Gospel Singing Convention. It was always one of my FAV days!

As a young girl, I can remember standing beside my parents every Sunday in church and waiting impatiently to sing a hymn. Singing was always my favorite part of the service. The song leader would announce the hymn number and I would quickly grab my hymnal and stand, always being one of the first ones up. As soon as the hymn would start, my Dad’s voice could plainly be heard above the rest of the congregation. When he would start singing, I would stand a little taller. I was so proud of my Dad’s singing voice, his ability to harmonize easily and his knowledge of virtually every verse of every hymn.

As I grew up, my love of music transpired into learning to play the piano, clarinet and bass clarinet. I was lucky enough to have a piano teacher that was also a Christian, so many of my weekly lessons were learning to play hymns. I can assure you there were many a night spent around the piano (not always willingly on my part), playing hymns with my Dad singing melody and me singing harmony. I can remember the neighbors saying how they enjoyed sitting on their porches in the summer listening to us. And Sunday mornings when the song leader would call out a hymn that I KNEW we had practiced at home, I would do a little victory dance inside. I would stand up and sing beside my Dad as loud as I could.

Music for me was always a way to let my emotions out. There are songs to this day that still invoke the memories of what it meant to me years ago. Hold on by Wilson Philips takes me back to my freshman trip. To be with you by Mr. Big takes me to a dance after a wrestling match one cold, winter Friday night. And we can't forget Friends by Michael W. Smith. Oh, so so many tears were shed at church camp while singing that song. Funny, years later (we won't discuss just how many years it's been, I still get teary when I hear that song come on.

I am so super thankful for music and all the memories it has given me over the years and the way it has left mile markers along my journey.

Thankful {15/30} + {16/30} + {17/30}

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wow, look how behind I am.  This weekend was ridiculously busy and got away from me before I knew it.

{15/30} Today I am thankful for littles with a giving heart. Littles that are willing to get up at o'dark thirty and go to the church to help with a clothing and soup ministry, never complaining once. And I'm super thankful for all their parents who drove them and staid to help!

{16/30} Today I am thankful for a day of nearly nothing. A day of worship, family dinner then relaxing in my pajamas the rest of the day. A day of hand holding, coffee drinking and napping. It was a day much needed!

{17/30} Today I am thankful for that still small voice. Thankful that He speaks value, love and worth into my heart and encourages me to be who He designed me to be. I'm thankful for discernment and that familiar tug on my heart gently guiding me. And I'm so so so thankful He never gives up on this slow learner.

Thankful {14/30}

Friday, November 14, 2014

Today I am thankful for my business and how the Lord has blessed it over the past few years. Five years ago when I started this business, it was merely a pipe dream. My goal was to make a fun atmosphere, quality photography and amazing products. I wanted it accessible and affordable for everyone. But most of all, I wanted to follow God's direction for my business. I am so super thankful that I listened to His voice. I never could have imagined when I started gypsy tree what it has grown to be. To look at where gypsy tree is now leaves me breathless. I am humbled, honored, grateful and blessed to have crossed paths with all my clients. I am also extremely thankful for how many people come as clients but leave as friends, one of my FAV things about my business.

Thankful {13/30}

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today I am thankful for a few things.

1.  That the dumb deer I hit {or should I say the dumb deer than ran right into the side of my car} didn't do more damage.  And that we didn't hit it a second time, when it ran directly in front of me a quarter mile later.  Eye roll and sarcasm.

2.  That I had a lady tell me "lady, you are way too polite".  I'm going to take that absolutely as a compliment!!

3.  That the nail lady didn't wreck my nails completely.  I might have sore fingers BUT my nails look nice.

4.  For teenage littles so super willing to lend a helping hand at church.

5.  For a husband who didn't even bat an eye when I asked him to run to the store for something our daughter needed so I could stay home and finish a project.  Y'all, we don't live anywhere near a store so this was a lifesaver!

Thankful {12/30}

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Today I am so thankful for my three little brothers. After growing up an only child, I'm extra thankful for these boys. We might not see each other very often, and might not speak every day, but I know if I needed them, they would be there for me in heartbeat. I love you guys!!!

Thankful {10/30 + 11/30}

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Today {yesterday actually} I'm super oh-so-thankful for loving kids who took care of their Mama when she had an allergic reaction to meds. A son who even skipped a college visit because of how sick I got on the way there. A daughter who took over chores so I could rest and relax. It makes my heart so happy to know how kind and compassionate they are.

PS...sorry no pictures accompany this post, the allergic reaction was not a pretty thing.

Courage is contagious. When one brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. 
~Billy Graham

Today’s thankful post is easy. I am thankful for everyone who has served our country in the Armed Forces. I am proud to count so many people in my life as veterans – my father, my brother, both my brother-in-laws, members of my church family and so many friends are all veterans.

I am especially thankful for our freedom; freedom that would not exist without the courage and selflessness of the U.S. military. Thank you for your selflessness, thank you for your sacrifices, thank you for your commitment and thank you for your bravery.

Let's All Be Brave {Book Review}

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Let's All Be Brave
Living Life with Everything You Have
by Annie F. Downs

About the book:
Annie Downs admits she's not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents' home in Georgia, she's never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she's on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging readers to do the same. 
As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and popular blogger, Annie shares this journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire. 
Let's All Be Brave is more than just a book, it's a battle cry. In it, Annie challenges us to live boldly, calls us to step into those places that require courage, and gives us the help to take the next step forward-even when it's scary. This non-fiction, essay-driven book opens the door to many different views of courage-nudging, encouraging, and inspiring readers to be brave whenever given the chance.
For several reasons, this is a tough book to organize my feelings in an impressive way to present to you. I admit, this was a hard one for me to read. At first, I couldn't stand her writing style. Actually, that feeling continued well into the book. I felt like she jumped from one subject to another and trying to concentrate so hard to follow her made me lose my interest. Her writing style felt like I was reading a bunch of little blog posts, separated into chapters. I have this bad habit of once a book becomes hard for me to read, I lose interest.

This book is written in a memoir style and was a story of one woman, Annie, who learned to be brave right where she was and now carries the torch-of-courage hoping to light an un-lit one. Her basic premise is to encourage us all to be brave in the little moments of our lives, which lead to the biggest moments... and being brave looks like following Christ, even when you aren't comfortable when you see where you're headed.

This book was provided to me free of charge by Book Look in return for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thankful {9/30}

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Today I am thankful for being able to hold this amazing mans hand during worship. It's one of my fav things about Sunday mornings. Super love listening to God's word with him beside me. It's the little things like this that are big things to me.

Thankful {8/30}

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Today I am so super thankful for this wack-a-loon family that is so willing to indulge my crazy Christmas picture ideas. There is always, without a doubt, crazy faces and lots (and I mean LOTS) of laughing. And me trying to run like a crazy lazy and get in the picture without looking like I just ran. Good times. We're making memories y'all :)

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