Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mommy = Love

Mommy is patient, Mommy is kind.  
She is not jealous, She is not pompous, She is not inflated,

Mommy is not rude, She does not seek her own interests, She is not quick-tempered,

She does not brood over in injury, She does not rejoice over wrong-doing but rejoices in truth.

Mommy bears all things,

Believes all things,

Hopes all things,

Endures all things.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I'm Lovin'

I have had the same journal for the last year and a half or so...I am a big journaler...hence a blog!  But I love to jot down words that resonate with me, music lyrics, scripture, quotes from books or talks.  I went back and read through my journal the last couple nights...just trying to absorb the past weekend...and I am going to share with you the words I LOVED!  Maybe you will LOVE them too this Wednesday...

LOVE actually obliges the husband to desire his bride's beauty, to cherish it and care for it.  Even more, the husband through his own sacrificial love,this called in some way to uncover, discover, foster, even "create" his bride's beauty, desiring all that is good for her.  The husband's ability to see and foster his wife's beauty is a test and measurement of his LOVE.~Christopher West

No matter the circumstance, it can be well with my Soul!

The brave who focus on all good things and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest light to all the world.~Ann Voskamp

The story of your life is the story of a long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.

God's LOVE is the motivation of the very gift of our existence and we exist as male and female precisely so we can image that same love by being a gift to one another.~Christopher West

Any created thing of which I am amazed, it is the glimpse of His face to which I bow down.~Ann Voskamp

What we sow in tears, will be great in Joy.

Know who you are, whose you are and the company you keep.

Click over to This Kind of Love to tell what you love this Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Radiant Joy

If you are anything like see the words 'Radiant Joy' or in my case, my sister told me the Women's Retreat this year was themed 'Radiant Joy' and I froze!  I was like 'Okay....what the heck does that mean?!?!'  And clearly that is why I needed this retreat this discover the Joy God has planted in my heart through the Holy Spirit, that I have been so easily missing...avoiding...and taking for granted!

"I've got that Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart...WHERE?...Down in my heart to stay!"  You've heard it, you've sung it...

The first time Joy was really focused on in a talk and it really clicked for me was at a Beth Moore conference over 2 years ago.  Beth talked about never letting someone steal your Joy.  Simple right?  Don't allow someone to make me sad, angry, whatever...choose differently..choose to be happy.  Umm...A little bit easier said than done.  Actually...a lot easier said than done!

I have said this many times....I adore my relationships...all relationships!  I am so in love with my husband...every hour of every day.  I wake up and choose him over and over...I thank God for him!  I can't really express the amount of love I have for my children, all three.  It makes me cry trying to think of the right words to express this love.  I love my parents and I am so grateful to them for every sacrifice, every mistake, every gift, everything!  I love my sisters...oh my goodness do I love my sisters...truly gifts from above and in such different ways!  And lastly, I love the people I call my friends!  And this is where my joy is stolen...

I have struggled for over a year now with a relationship that went from such Joy...maybe even go as far as Radiant hurt, sadness, anger, regret, doubt...FEAR!  I have battled and prayed...I have pleaded for clarity and resolve.  I have even begged...begged I tell you...for these feelings to be gone!  My Joy from this relationship was stolen by my emotions and was stealing Joy from every aspect of my life....every single one.  The Devil is funny like that.  He finds a way to make his evil way into our hearts and he just builds and grows until we finally say enough and lay our issues at the foot of the Cross and give them to God.  JOY...what an Amazing and Powerful God!

Before going into this weekend, I made a promise to myself that I was ridding myself of this relationship...the relationship to my emotions...the ones that were stealing my joy, especially the joy in this friendship.

And boy did God have something in store for me!  He kind of has a "Go Big or Go Home" way of moving in my heart...

Amen, Amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but grief will become joy.

When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy, that a child has been born into the world.

So you also are now in anguish.  But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. ~John 16:20-22

Don't you just love when scripture speaks directly at you...I mean IN YOUR FACE at you!?!  I sure do.  We question all the time God's presence and timing...and it is in these moments I am beyond confident He is always present, always near, in different ways, at different times...but always!

So back to stealing of joy...what or who steals your joy?  It could be a boyfriend that just doesn't treat you right but you are scared to break up with because your clock is ticking and you so badly want to be married.  It could be the people at Church who judge you and ultimately push you completely out.  It could be the woman who has promised your husband things that only you as his wife should be promising.  It could be your child who has no hope, no drive, no will to do good.  It could be an addiction, an eating disorder, lies told to you as a child, rape, abuse, a job.  Or in my could be a friendship that you so desperately want to make work, but is just not meant to be...where is your joy stolen?

"Hardships are opportunity for Sheer Joy!"

So my joy was stolen...the devil made an awesome home in my heart over this last year.  I showed.  The devil planted so many lies in my head, so many insecurities.  Maybe I wasn't a good friend, maybe I didn't deserve good people in my life, maybe I shouldn't put so much of my heart into my relationships with other woman, maybe having girlfriends is just not worth it...these relationships only cause pain...all lies!

I decided to give it to the Lord.  After a year of trying to solve this on my own, I gave it up.  You know you need the Lord when something in your life causes you to sin...and boy did this relationship cause me to sin.  Friday night...I confessed my sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and immediately after...I began to feel peace.  For anyone who is not Catholic...I completely understand the confusion with this Sacrament...but for those who have experienced the absolution it is REAL and a Gift from God!

My heart began to heal and it was through the rest of the weekend that things became very clear to me.  And the peace I feel now is resounding!

I was turning to this relationship for my happiness and when that failed, which it will because we are only human, I broke down instead of turning to My God for my happiness!  Instead of being grateful for all this friend had done for me, I focused on the hurt I was feeling, the lies I was being told.  Instead of accepting that sometimes God puts people into our lives for specific reasons, I dwelled on the fact that a relationship falling apart was all my fault.  Instead of praising God for this amazing person, I became bitter and angry and sinned, over and over again!

"If you pray, why worry and if you worry, why pray."

With unbelievable confidence, I can say how blessed and grateful I am for this relationship that I have been writing about and I thank God for the beauty of this woman....and even though I will always continue to pray for this relationship...I know that only God will bring her back into my life in His perfect timing!

This weekend was full of prayer and God has answered my prayer and I am at peace!  Truthfully, at peace!

We ended the retreat with Mass...oh how I love Mass!  One of the songs we sang just spoke to my Soul...well really it calmed my Soul.

Scars and Struggles on the Way
But with Joy our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did you leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, you are faithful!

Joy is the net of Love by which we catch Souls ~Mother Teresa

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What I Am Lovin'

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I LOVE Kohl's!  I love that they are constantly having sales, giving coupons, sending $10 gift cards in the mail and Kohl's Cash!  I love it all!  I also love their Lauren Conrad Line and I have been eyeing it for 3 years and never bought anything because I have been pregnant.  Well, today was the day!  I bought my first piece made by Lauren and I can't wait to wear it!  Actually...I didn't buy it...I got it for FREE with my kohl's cash and $10 coupon...even better! LOVE it!

I LOVE that I am headed to Covecrest for the Women's Retreat this weekend and this will be my view for a couple days!  I can't wait to breathe in the fresh air and just relax!  I LOVE my kids and my hubby...but something about a couple days away to rejuvenate just sounds heavenly!  And I get to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people, including my mom and sister!


I am LOVING that tonight is my last night working at Kroger!  YAY!

Last but not least, I am LOVING that I just got the sale flyer for May and my favorite Tupperware product is on sale next month!!!! I LOVE the FridgeSmart Collection!  Not only because they help me organize my refrigerator and make me feel really grown up, but because they save me money and I am motivated to buy more produce for my family!  Summer is the best time for my favorite fruits and now I can buy more and have them around longer!

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Daisy A Day: Before Meets After


and After....Ahhhhh!

Miscellany Monday

~A Daisy A Day~

There have been some really exciting things going on at the flower shop!  Friday, all the staff got trained on effective selling techniques and proper phone etiquette.  It was quite informative...Tim, who led the training, was hilarious and so knowledgeable about what works and doesn't...we even made a practice call to another shop to see if they were effective...he hit the nail on the head, word for word on what the employee would say!  I can't wait to get in the shop more and put what I learned to action!

The shop also had its Open House this past Sunday and Today!  Everyone has been working so hard getting the shop ready for its big reveal!  And it has totally paid off!  Let me just is like a breath of fresh air walking in to our cute little cottage!  If is calming, comforting, absolutely beautiful and cozy.  And the Bridal is elegant and glamorous...exactly what I Bride would want to see when interviewing a Florist!

Here's just a little Before and After...

~Water Fun~

Saturday Afternoon, Kimberly, Cory and the boys headed over some chillin' and grillin'....and some water fun!  The kids play together so great and it was the perfect day to be outside!  I can't wait until it gets a little bit warmer and the pools open!  It will be really nice not being pregnant for a summer!

~Tupperware Partying~

I had my first party last Thursday and it was so much fun!  We had a small turn out which was actually good for my first rodeo!  Even though it was was still a great success!  Two guests booked parties with me in May!  My calendar is filling up quick!  The last week of April, I have 3 parties!  I just love a party and I have been having so much fun planning each one's invitations and games!  For all you folks in Berry, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa...I am headed your way in June...LET'S PARTY!