Faith, Family & Lifestyle

O Come, Let Us Adore Him ~ Jesus is Calling (Advent 2014)

He invites us to His nativity. To see God take on helpless humility for us. To witness centuries of promises and prophecies fulfilled one holy night. You see, the begotten Son of God was actually there, lying in the cold darkness where animals fed, His infinite glory wrapped in finite humanity. He came to that place in time for you, for me, for us. He was there… Read more…

In Search of a Redeemer ~ SheReadsTruth

I Will Recount all of Your Wonderful Deeds ~ Happy Thanksgiving 2014

I have so much to be grateful for! Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hope you have many sweet moments with family and friends this year. Enjoy this Smartphone LockScreen from SheReadsTruth.com: And these Thanksgiving Inspirations to share, also from SheReadsTruth.com Read more…

Nothing Will Keep Me From You (Inspiration from Ruth)

Nothing will keep me from You.
Nothing will stop me from following You — wherever You lead.
Nothing will make me stop loving You, my Jesus.
I want to be with You.
I want to do what You did, speak the words You spoke, feel the passion You felt.
Give me a heart like Yours. Read more…

What is a Busy-Bag? One of the Best Ways to Keep Your Toddler Occupied! (Plus Resources for Ideas)

If you have a toddler of your own or have ever watched a toddler, you understand this strange phenomenon they have where the most random, ordinary things in your home, are one-thousand times more interesting and engaging to a little one than the toys you spent good money on. Sad, but quite often true.

Toddler love to sort, organize, touch, tug, pull, scribble, stack. The name of the game is physical exploration and experimentation. This is the stage where they really focus on mastering their fine-motor skills and making connections on how things work… and concepts like cause and effect.

So your toddler keeps getting into all the things in your home that are not traditionally for children. What do you do? Fight it or embrace it? Why not make this interest in ordinary things and discovery and use it as an opportunity to inspire and engage your young toddler.

Enter Toddler Busy-Bags!! What is a toddler busy-bag, you ask?  Read more…

My Favorite Baby & Toddler Music CD Picks

Music is very important in this family, as both my husband and I come from very musical families. We want Olivia to develop a love for it as much as we do. In little ones it can help to teach them to embrace quiet times and teaches focus. Sometimes music is just the ticket to […] Read more…

There is Magic in Every Sunset, and this Breath could be Your Last

Ever have one of those epiphanies where you realize the moment you are currently in is so incredibly special, and that you will never have a moment quite like it again? Some days we are so caught up in the hum and drum of life that we forget how unique and amazing each gift-of-a-moment truly is. This breath you are breathing could be your last… and that makes it beautiful.

This is how sunrises and sunsets make me feel. I think God specifically designed them (in part) with the human soul in mind, knowing we would need some kind of a breathtakingly gorgeous natural display of His glory to snap us out of the numbed-dull state we so easily fall into, as the weight of our responsibilities and worries seem about to crush us. But it is all an illusion. In fact, life is a vivid, exciting, awe-inspiring experience, given to us to reflect a Holy Being our souls are just dying to know more. Read more…

Dancing Water at the Roseville Fountains (and other budget-friendly & fun things to do)

Here is some of my photography of Roseville’s dancing water attraction at The Fountains in Roseville, CA. The Fountains is one of my favorite places to go when its reasonably cool. Every 30 minutes, the fountains will start the actual show, and you can watch the water dancing programmed to music. Its very pretty at night too, […] Read more…

Mother’s Garden ~ Lifestyle Photography | Roseville, CA

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. You smell roses and feel the warm gentle breeze on your face. You hear the buzz of a hummingbird’s wings, and the splashing of a fountain. Open your eyes. This is what you see… This place is so magical. My mom and dad put a lot of hard work […] Read more…

My Troubles with Meal Planning

Meal Planning. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I know it is one of the best methods to not only keep your food budget under control, but also helps you eat healthier food and live a healthier life. But for some reason I have not been able to successfully conquer this skill. I must not be alone in this!
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Let the evening come, and the day’s burdens go

“Lord, we let evening come & let go of the weariness, of the edginess,
let evening come & let go of the weight of things done & not done, said & not said, held tight & not held tight enough.

We let evening come & let the day’s burdens go
and linger with its blessings… the grace of Your caress in forgiven things.”
#HonestPrayers #1000Gifts — with Urmilla Dias.
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Children… the extraordinary thing about them

This makes me cry. I totally feel this!

“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood — finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.”

~ Jodi Picoult, Via Thrive Moms
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When Tragedy Strikes… Dealing with the Questions

Struggling with heartache as I watched dear friends dealing with the loss of their loved ones this week. 2 tragedies among friends in 48 hours. Untimely deaths… Accidents… Spouses, Children, & Dear Friends left behind. This book has been such a blessing and a comfort to me, and an precious reminder of the fantastically good nature of God and his heart for us.

We ask tough questions, so did Ann after her own heartbreak:

“Can there be a good God? A God who graces with good gifts when a crib lies empty through long nights and bugs burrow through coffins? Where is God, really? How can He be good when babies die, and marriages implode, and dreams blow away, dust in the wind? Where is grace bestowed when cancer gnaws and loneliness aches and nameless places in us soundlessly die, break off without reason, erode away. Where hides this joy of the Lord, this God who fills the earth with good things, and how do I fully live when life is full of hurt? How do I wake up to joy and grace and beauty and all that is the fullest life when I must stay numb to losses and crushed dreams and all that empties me out?”

– Excerpt from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts

I am loving exploring the answers to those tough questions along with her the past few weeks… and in light of the events of the past few days — just the reminder my heart needed. Praying for the loved ones working through their loss this week. Thank You, God that you have their precious hearts in your hand. Read more…

Do We Bring God Glory When We Debate Controversies?

Fellow blogger, Chelsea Dent at Momma Dent Gets Personal just wrote a great post: “Debating Controversial Topics: Does it Bring God Glory?” She brings a much needed balanced perspective on all the hot button issues surfacing on social media. I have been guilty of this myself, and I am trying to balance out defending the truth with honoring God’s instructions for how we are to get along as fellow believers. Finding that balance between love and truth is easier said than done, but it is important that we let God continue to work on our hearts and show us how to live this out and honor him. Read more…

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