Choose Joy! // The Event Re-Cap

I don't even know how to start this post. In fact, that's probably why it's taken me more than two weeks to even write this post. The night before I was supposed to leave, I laid in bed talking myself down from the start of a panic attack. The thoughts of flying, leaving my boys, traveling to a new place, staying in the home of someone I knew only online and speaking at an event I felt completely unqualified for. I started to talk perspective to myself thinking ... how people safely fly every day; that I am not in control of my boys, God is; new places hold new adventures; {how people travel overseas and sleep in hostels FOR PETE'S SAKE}; an online friend is just the sweet taste of the ... Keep Reading

Cultivating a Thankful Heart {Knitty Bitties + The Lovely Words Giveaway}

Several years ago when my Little was getting to the age of real understanding of wants versus needs, I decided that I wanted to really start practicing ways to cultivate his heart to be a thankful heart. Now, practically speaking, this is not a one time a year "thing" nor is it as simple as doing A, B & C. To really cultivate his heart, I need to be ... tilling, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, pruning ... some of those things need to happen daily and some only a few times a year. I'm just giving you a few ideas of what we have done around Thanksgiving to really focus our hearts on thankfulness before we jump into the Christmas preparations. Maybe one of these will inspire or ... Keep Reading

Taking a pause …

Are any of you still out there? Between our summer blogging schedule (or lack there of) Google retiring Reader and general over saturation of the blogging world, I wonder if I've still got readers out there.I know I do, I love each and every one of you for taking time to stop by {and an extra hug and kiss for those that take a few seconds to comment} ... I know my life is full ... which means your life is full too. I know I have a hard time reading let alone commenting on my favorite blogs ... which I trust you have a hard time doing too. So, I'm going to keep on posting when inspiration hits, when I have the time to sit and tap out my thoughts, ideas and encouragement AND not beat myself up ... Keep Reading


Huh?Have I completely lost it?I KNOW some of you are probably SICK of the running talk ... I mean, really, isn't this supposed to be a sewing blog?!? Well yes, but it's also about the person behind the sewing and right now, she happens to be pretty high on the running endorphins.Bear with me.I had this crazy idea ... and it may just be that, we'll see ... to host a friendly incentive challenge related to the " X " miles a month challenge that Marta {@hausofgirls on Instagram} issues every month. If you haven't taken part of it, I really challenge you to jump in for a month and see what happens. It's a great encouragement and your own little cheering club. Walk or run, it doesn't matter how ... Keep Reading

The truth behind the magic mirror …

Hi friends!I meant/intended to post this yesterday, but got too wrapped up {ha, pun intended} in celebrating the Little's 9th birthday!! Seriously ... how did that happen. I am absolutely not okay with it, but no one seems to be asking me!So ... for some time now, I've had this 'discussion' swimming around in my head. It's popped up over and over which tells me it's something I need to share. I hope that you get something out of it ...I have a magic mirror.Some of you have seen it in my previous WIWW posts. Others might recognize it from my Instagram feed. And still some have NO idea what I'm talking about. Let me show you a few pictures of me and the magic mirror:: I joke that it takes 10 ... Keep Reading