I just adore this video…

Sometimes, songs remind you of a feeling. Taylor Swift can put you in the mood to reflect on an ex-boyfriend. Florence and the Machine, can make you think as if you are reading poetry rather than listening to the radio. This song by Meiko, Stuck on You, gives me the joyous feeling of being back in my childhood, chillin’ with friends, eating ice cream, the yumminess filling me up with a sweet sense of happiness. Gotta love a great song!

A few of my favs…

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I love love love some of the new music coming out of Cities 97… of them I am adoring Meiko’s new album.. “Stuck on You” is my current fav… take a peak at the lyrics:

I must confess When I wear this dress I feel like dancing The whole night with you And when i do do do do do do I feel so happy I’m stuck on you…

Cuz you are the one I could see havin’ fun with Not just for tonight But for the rest of my life You are the one i could never be done with I want you tonight and for the rest of my life do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do

You are so dreamy Feel like im in the movies I feel so happy I’m stuck on you, Cuz you are the one I could see havin’ fun with Not just for tonight. But for the rest of my life You are the one i could never be done with I want you tonight and for the rest of my life do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do

I’m stuck on you. Cuz you are the one I could see havin’ fun with Not just for tonight But for the rest of my life. Cuz you are the one I could see havin’ fun with Not just for tonight But for the rest of my life You are the one i could never be done with I want you tonight and for the rest of my life do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do!

A few of my favs...

Live in the moment… but hold on to those sweet ones…

Live in the moment... but hold on to those sweet ones...

I have pledged this year to do all that I can to hold on to those sweet memories throughout the year. I always find that I have no problem holding on to the negative things that come my way (why is that?)… so I am actively combatting that by periodically placing a sweet memory on a slice of cardstock paper and holding on to it in this jar. I can reread them when I need a “pick me up” and at the end of the year I will have this great supply of all the great memories from the year! I can’t wait to get started!

I love my CHICs…

This past Friday I had the great fortune of hosting our Church ladies group called “chics and chatter” – CHIC meaning “Cool & Hip In Christ” and Chatter because who really gets enough time in their busy schedules to talk with the women they adore!?

On the menu…

Olive crustinis
reinvigorated deviled eggs
crab dip and garlic-infused pita chips
veggies and pesto dip
brownie bites with daisy topping
mini short bread cookies with frosting/sprinkles
pineapple glazed meatballs
cranberry/pineapple/almond punch

Can you say yummy?


On to the chatter…

What a blast it was! We talked about everything from weddings… to motorcycles… to growing up… to decorating… to recipes… to the beauty of Summit Ave… to forgiveness & reconciliation… it was so pleasant to be around Godly women who were open to the joy of the Lord and relating to others. It was one of those night that you hated to see end, but knew you were blessed to be a part of.

Looking forward to many more Chics & Chatter events!!!

Isaiah 55:12 – “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

The value of vintage…

I love when my mom sends me stuff that was hers or my grandmas… it just builds a link from this era to theirs.

My mom sent me 7 vintage homemade eggs that used to belong to my heaven-seated grandma Brunsberg (first name Thilda, but everyone called her Billie). I adore them & didn’t know what to do with them at first. I wanted to display them in a way that did them justice, so I decided to put together an Easter Egg Tree. I absolutely love the way that it turned out – I may just keep it up a bit past Easter and enjoy all that is!

When I sit and think for a bit about why I enjoy vintage treasures so much, especially those belonging to some I knew, I think it is because they give me a glimpse into their generation. I look at my tree and I see my grandma crafting or selecting them at the corner store. I see her with her pant suit or skirt suit on (fully gloved) searching for the right egg to finish off the grouping. I see her bringing them to the home that I visited all the time and placing them in just the right spot for Easter Dinner (she was a great cook). I look at them and I am brought back to my visits with her on Easter… our egg hunts at the cabin, time spent at the kids table for dinner (graduating to the grown-up table eventually), real fires in the living room while we play cards or listen to stories…. it all comes back with a glance at the rick-rack and sequence enveloped on those eggs…. joyful, joyful I adore thee!!

a collection of goodies to behold…

What a great website I have found! I love being creative & when I am not able to, I love ordering things from a site dedicated to the interesting and joyful…

https://www.naturallife.net/

They have a great selection of things to choose from – all come from a place of lifting people up – that’s the kind of thing that I like to surround myself with!

Here is a great piece that I found most necessary to purchase…

Other items offered include: accessories, car “stuff”, gifts, scripture pillows, keepsakes, trinkets, and so much more – they even have a clearance tab… who doesn’t love getting something on sale?!

I love perusing the selections just to do a mental jot-down of the great quotes that they have…

“free to be me”
“peace begins with a smile”
“I get by with a little help from my friends”
“stop, smile, breathe… life is beautiful”
“she decided to start living the life she imagined”
“see the beauty in the little things”
“live the life you love”
“enjoy the little things”
“faith is when you close your eyes and open your heart”
(I could really go on & on & on…)

My hope is that you find this great site as spendid as I have… enjoy the ride (another of their great quotes)!

She lives, She loves, She laughs…

Because of what Christ has done, we have become gifts to God that He delights in. (Ephesians 1:11)

Let’s make every day a celebration of who we are in Christ – isn’t that the least we could do? So often we get caught up in ourselves & we forget whose we really are. Every day we get to be a part of this great world we should purpose to live out that day, that moment, that second in a way that pleases God. Does he get the least of us? Shouldn’t he get at least the most of us? So often I can look back at the day and I really have to search to find the ways in which I glorified God – either through action, word, deed… why is that? My goal is to begin each day with him in mind – keep my mind on the very being of myself. He delights in the littlest of things – like a proud papa.

Rejoice in every day of life! Ecclesiastes 11:8

I read a quote once that is going to become my motto… “she welcomes the years with arms open wide and loves life with the kind of passion that comes straight from God!”