Daddy Daughter Date Night 2013 {Day 4}

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

This event may or may not have occurred back on September 14th {at least it's still 2013}. 

Every fall Chick-fil-a hosts a fabulously executed Daddy-Daughter Date Night. There are table cloths, roses, a limo and conversation starters all wrapped up into an unforgettable memory-saving moment. It's become an event that we are sure not to miss each year. {There is a mother-son night in the spring and we make sure to get there too!} What melts my heart the most is when I see a mom there with her teenage sons. I weep. And I embarrass my son while I get all sappy. It's FABULOUS!

One of my favorite things about these nights is that it has become and opportunity to snap some photos to document the occasion. Sometimes life just gets in the way and I forget to pull out the camera.

I hope you enjoy watching Missy P grow up. It's bittersweet. Beautiful. But sometime I mourn that some of our moments have already passed. 

And then I smile because I remember that we still have so many more to come. 

Procrastination {Day 3}

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I don't want to talk about this.

In fact, I think that sitting here and typing out this blog post is a form of procrastination on its own merits.

But here's the truth: When I feel overwhelmed by a task that's before me, I put it off. I let procrastination steal my motivation. I give it full permission to be a dream thief. Why in the world do I do that?

Procrastination is simply a bi-product of fear. 

Instead of taking one bite of the proverbial elephant at a time, I stare at that big ole behemoth and freeze-- while I peruse Facebook and Instagram, grab another cup of coffee, clean the bathroom…and repeat.

Today I need to do some serious work on pulling together my thoughts {and a mountain of paperwork} for starting our 501c3 to raise awareness, education and funding for efforts against human sex trafficking here in rural Indiana. It feels too big. I feel too small.

My logic tells me that I just need to take it one step at a time. One email. One printout. One thought jotted down. One prayer. Each one moving the process forward. Each step breathing a whisper of love to those who need someone to take that step for them.

I CAN do this-- but not alone.

Will you pray with me? It's going to take work and determination. Will you ask me about it? Will you hold me accountable to what God has planted deep in my soul?

So here goes nothing...

I'm taking a bite!

Cyber Monday- My Handmade FAVES {Day 2}

Monday, December 2, 2013

Have ya'll been shopping like frenetic elves for the past few days? I'm *almost* finished with my Christmas shopping {HOORAY}. We're only buying for the kids in the family this year and it feels a little strange, but a little less stressful too. I haven't decided if I like it or not. That said, I know that lots of you are always looking for awesome handmade items to share for the holidays so I thought that I would share a few of my very favorites with you!

1. Baby Bird & Bub Bub ~ Kristina is the SWEETEST thing EVER! And her prints are perfect not only for your little one's room, but for your entire house. Today she is offering 25% off of anything in her shop. Snag them! You won't regret it! 

{forgive the quick snapshot & the fact that this wall isn't quite done, but the "Parker" and "Let Your Heart Sing" prints are both BB&BB! *Swoon*}

2. Gussy Sews~ Gussy makes my Midwestern heart smile. She has a fun little handmade shop and even though she is a California transplant now, she just oozes joy and kindness. Her shop is getting ready to undergo a whole lot of changes, so if you've ever wanted a "Gussy" pouch or bag, don't wait! 

{I'm crushing on this wallet!} 

3. Grace & Lace~ Where in the world do I even start with this company? Melissa is a friend who started G&L by chance, but has grown this business with love, kindness, authenticity and wisdom. I love their products and I'm sure that you will too! I'm waiting on word as to whether or not G&L has a CM code to share today {you'll forgive them for possibly not having one-- they are working their tails off to fulfill orders that they received after being featured on Shark Tank last week! P.S. They got a bite!} 

{Why yes, I am in a bathroom!} 


4. Crimson Tate~ For all of my fabric-happy friends, Crimson Tate is my favorite fabric shop in Indiana. But you don't have to be a Hoosier to score great deals! In fact, their sale is only online! Today you get $25 off of any $100 or more purchase with code "CYBERMONDAY" at checkout. And in case you don't sew, but love handmade awesome-ness, Heather's "I LOVE Indiana" pillows are a PERFECT gift. I love, love, love mine! 

There are SO many more, but these are just a few of my favorites! Love you all oodles. Have a fabulous day and happy shopping! ;) 

A Very Merry Blogging Challenge {Day 1}

Sunday, December 1, 2013

How in the world did December sneak up on me like this? Every year I feel like I'm just starting to get into the groove of Fall and then "BAM!" it's Peyton's birthday! {Which just happened to coincide with Thanksgiving this year.} After P's big day it's a downhill ski at breakneck speed toward Christmas and this year doesn't look like it's going to be all that different in practice. So rather than fighting the momentum, I'm going to do my level best to take a minute to breathe and share on the blog each day throughout the month of December.

The last time that I did a month-long challenge was back in 2011 and it really did motivate me to capture a snippet of my heart each day. I have zero idea what this will look like or what I will share, but for tonight, I'm just feeling like I would like a little bit of connection with the rest of the world again. So join me back here tomorrow and we'll find out together where this little journey begins.

And if you have a blog too, please, PRETTY PLEASE, join in and share a link down in the comments each day back to your site. I want to hear what's going on in your life and what is tugging on your heart. It makes me smile with you or cry with you, depending on what you share, but regardless, it makes me feel like I get to share in your life-- and I adore that.

Oh…one more thing. I decided that for a host of different reasons that I was going to restore my Lovespun Studio blog. I don't know that I will add much content (but that could change depending on whether or not I'm in a fabric-y creative mood) but if you are looking for an old post or something that I've mentioned before, you can just click over here to find it. {And it was seriously driving me crazy trying to transfer over my old photos-- so I just decided that it wasn't worth the time and effort}.

I hope that each of you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Here's to a great week ahead!

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