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Quotes from 2012

January 3, 2013

I’ve been a quote girl for as long as I can remember. I appreciate how easy words can be used to encourage and inspire.  I have tucked away a number of quotes that mattered to me in 2012 and now I am publishing them so I will never forget them.  These all all happen to be Mother Teresa quotes.  A favorite saint (almost) that I spent almost the entire summer studying!  Her life was an inspiration to so many and was a tremendous person to learn so much about.  She taught the world (and me) a lot!

“Beauty is not in the face: beauty is a light in the heart”

“be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strenght lies”

The fruit of faith is love, and the fruit of love is service”

“There is no key to happiness. The door is always open”

Do not wait for leaders, do it alone. Person to person”

The fruit of silence is prayer
The fruit of prayer is faith
The fruit of faith is love
The fruit of love is service
The fruit of service is peace! (don’t we all just want a little peace?)

“true love is surrender. The more we love the more we surrender”


A tip for you

December 7, 2012

I can’t imagine that this only happens in my life.  Every week, week after week, there are a number of errands to do and to run.  I have found a tip that has helped me make sure they all get completed in a given week.  Lucky for you, I’m in the sharing mood 😉

Your passenger seat in your car or mini van if you are lucky, turns in to errand command central. Image Each errand is put directly in the car.  That way when you are out and you pass the post office, for example, your package is already packed, addressed and ready to go. Wham, done!  

So for this week, I had dry cleaning, bank, post office, return to Walmart.  They were all ready to go.  This way when I passed Walmart or had an extra 20 minutes to do a return no other time is required.  No special trip home to get my bag and receipt is needed.  

Practical tips to streamline life is my thing. You’re welcome!

I’m Coming Back..!!

November 29, 2012

But, I have no blog writing ideas.  This post is to just get me to start thing.  Make sense?  Great! Yippee.

I’ve moved!

July 16, 2010

My new site is

But I came back and this is my current site.  Confuse you much?  So Sorry.


June 17, 2010

I love how so many different things get different people excited.  Some people get excited about a sports game/team, others about an upcoming vacation or time off, others about shopping or a huge milestone event such as a wedding or celebration.  All those things get me excited too, but what also gets me super, over the moon excited is going to seminars seeing speakers and taking time to think about, process and set some personal goals for myself. 

I had my eye on a day event, hosted by one of my favorite author and speakers, but quickly justified that I should not go.  It was  a lot of money and I didn’t really want to take the whole day away from the boys.  Well, for mother’s day, my husband surprised me with a ticket for this day long event.  I’ve had a couple of other things to think about so I kind of pushed the day to the back of my brain.  Now, it is here. Tomorrow is the day of the event and I am brimming with excitement.  My plan is to blog more detail about my experience and hopefully share on my blog some of the things I learned and new goals I’d like to work on and encourage you to work on something for yourself. 

Although this type of event is what sets a bit of a fire in my heart it is also so terribly, horribly scary for me.  I’ve had an overwhelming desire to do this and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to go and have this experience.   So, come back and read about it.  I pray it will bless you and me both.

Vacation Time!

June 8, 2010

This family is gearing up for vacation this week.  What better way to begin the summer than take off?  As I reflect on vacations in my childhood, I remember an annual lake vacation my family took.  It consisted of being at the lake, boating, swimming, eating and playing games and cards…all day for 7 full days.  They are super dooper happy memories and time with my family and family friends I’ll always cherish.

I dream of this type of vacation for my family.  This is a no frills long weekend away.  It doesn’t consist of any excursions, planned activities, or beautiful beaches.  Not even a plane.  Just a road trip up North with some dear, sweet friends and their turkies.  The boys (all 4 of them) can fish, swim, play outside and hang around a campfire.   This is truly a family vacation I’d like to take each year.  Hopefully, our boys will have the same warm memories that I got to experience. 

What is your dream vacation?

I’ve Blown. It. Today.

June 4, 2010

I have figured out something about myself .  When I am overwhelmed, I pretty much want to sit on the couch and watch TV.  There are so many things on the “to-do” list, so many things coming up, and so many things that are weighing on my mind and heart that I’d just rather ignore them all.  I realize this is not a very productive way to accomplish anything and a very good way to begin to start feeling like a pretty good size failure at everything.  I have drafted just a few ways to try to help this paralyzing feeling when life starts to become burdensome and inner peace is wading:

1.) Start small.  Pick one small task to accomplish.  I have a whole condo of  items that aren’t put away due to the carpet guy coming this week to replace our carpet.  They nicely moved all the furniture and put fresh/new flooring in and then left me with closets to put back together.  If I just take 1, spend some time on it maybe it will lighten the load just a bit.  I’ll just pick a corner to start working on.

2.) Remember what is truly important.  What are your governing values?  I am sure it is not home repairs, trying to move stress and worry, or vacation/garage sale/grocery shopping planning.  Keep in mind your true values and don’t let those get lost in the shuffle. 

3.)  Turn on some music. or something else that will motivate you to get to work. 

4.)  Ask for help.  The one thing I am absolutely horrible at.  Help from family, friends, spouses.  I love to help others so why am I hesitant to ask for help from others.  (maybe this will be another post someday). 

5.) Pray.   I will tell you something about my morning.  I lost my cell phone and spent 45ish minutes looking around the house and the car for it.  I was feeling annoyed because I had 3 different calls that I was trying to make.  I really had a desperate attitude and a whole bunch of scenarios of what I was going to do.  I finally dropped to my knees…and I prayed.  This had little to do with the cell phone (although I snuck it in at the end of the prayer), but mostly to do with me realizing that I’m feeling overwhelmed.  I offered it all to God, asked for some grace and guidance and rose to my feet.  I cannot do this thing called life without Him.  I surrendered my day and moved on.

I know there are many more extensive things to help bring us back to a few less tolerations in our journey, but those are a few I could think of to start working on.  So even though I feel like I’ve blown it today, this day is not over.  In fact, it’s just 1:24 pm and I’ll go start working on “starting small”…right now! (While I’m at it, I’ll turn on some music)

Have a great weekend, everyone!