So Summer is coming to and end :-( Which means those hot cups of Starbucks are going to start creeping their way back into our lives! And what better way to welcome them than with a yummy CupCandy reusable cup sleeve!?
And to add, I am also giving away one of my lovely Luisla Co. Headband creations! It’s unique, lovely, fun and would look fabulous with that Fall scarf you can’t wait to wear! Not to mention it’s my favorite color :-) Besides pink of course.
SO. Here are the details. For a basic entry, simply leave a comment explaining why you want this little set. If you want to increase your odds of winning you can click on the twitter button over on your right (if you haven’t added me I suggest you do so :-) send me an (@keshathomas) and tweet about this giveaway with a link to my blog.
Lastly, go ahead and FB all your friends about this giveaway! Make sure to tag me in your FB post and also share a link to my blog post!
If you have done these all correctly you will have given yourself 3 entries total!
I will pick a winner one week from today! SO, go and share the good news!
K. My rant about the whole “What I Wore” blah bla blahh… I DO think there is ONE blog I read (Ok I am pretty obsessed with) that totally pulled this off in the most real way ever! This lady is completely down to earth. She is who she is. So besides this post you really should read her blog. She’s super funny, super real and super encouraging for us Mom’s.
Now here are some more things I want to share this morning. Who doesn’t like a good tutorial? I know there are a lot of us ladies out there who are crafty, and there are a lot who want to be crafty but they need a little nudge out of the nest to get going on their own.
Want to make REALLY cute headbands?
This is a great tutorial for Fabric Rosette‘s. NO SEWING involved. Just some cute fabric and a hot glue gun. Or fabric glue whichever.
*Here’s a tip. Make sure to buy yourself some felt. Any coordinating color is fine. Follow this amazing illustration below to attach your rosette to your headband. If you don’t want to make a rosette, you can let the lovely makers on Etsy do the work for you :-) These are really cute and these are pretty darn cute, too! These might be my fave.
And have yourself a grand ol’ time making some headbands! (I know you can just buy the whole thing made, but the point is to have some fun, lower your blood pressure and accomplish something! These make sweet and thoughtful gifts as well!)
Now for those who CAN sew a bit. Isn’t this pillow just ridiculously cute!! This blog is not only super inspiring but has some great tutorials as well!
Ok. Since this morning didn’t go as planned and my girls are literally fighting over a pillow I think I better make like a banana and split.
The days where you dread getting out of bed in the morning. Those days when you know you didn’t shower the previous day and you need to do the world (and your husband) a favor and take a stinking shower, and yes wash your hair. I know. Sometimes taking a shower seems as daunting as running a half marathon. A shower for me means, trying to first distract my kids for 10 minutes so I can actually focus on showering. Then comes that darn hair. I’m still a little bitter that God gave me curly, nappy, unruly hair to manage. There’s a good 30 minutes of trying to do a quick “messy bun” and about 45 minutes and 30 bobby pins later you think you have it, when really you know you could have blow dried and flat ironed it in half the time it took for your quick “messy bun”. And I’m still never satisfied with that stupid 1998 messy bun. Next comes some kind of make up. If I don’t wear makeup I can’t even talk to someone less than like 5 feet away in fear that they will see my web of spider veins, freckles and blackheads. Not to mention I have blond eye lashes. Now this can just look frightening when the sun hits my face just right. (ok ladies I am being humorous here. I know you don’t need all this to look good. Just me :-) And last but not least, what in the heck am I going to wear? I want the ” I-am-comfy-and-still-look-really-cute-and-put-together-but-I-wasn’t-trying” look. My room that was once tidy and clean is now covered in about 10 fail outfits and my girls are taking every pair of shoes out of my closet. So this is why my room NEVER stays clean….
So, my words of wisdom.
You can do it. Do it with joy. Instead of dwelling on the things that are hurting you, remember how much God loves you and go seize the day He has given you. Let God shine through you even when you feel like your pain is taking over. Give it all to Him. Lay it at His feet.
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where will my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your feet go out from under you. He Who watches over you will not sleep. 4 Listen, He Who watches over Israel will not close his eyes or sleep.5 The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your safe cover at your right hand. 6 The sun will not hurt you during the day and the moon will not hurt you during the night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all that is sinful. He will watch over your soul. 8 The Lord will watch over your coming and going, now and forever.
I just want to clarify that I DO NOT think it is wrong or even ungodly to love fashion, or anything in that sense. In fact, God made me a person who thrives on creativity. I find a LOT of joy and inspiration in decor, clothes, beautiful things, photography etc. My concern is that, too often it can become something that draws me away from God, not near Him. I find myself obsessing over these things and even putting them before my relationship with God. I know it’s something I personally struggle with, and I’ve talked to many godly women who agree it is difficult to detach themselves from this world and all of it’s tempting goodness. I have observed a lot of Christian women becoming fanatical about which brands they own, and I see them struggle to find contentment in themselves because they are relying so much on what they look like on the outside. I have even talked to close friends who have admitted they feel jealous of other woman who are thinner, “prettier” dress nicer and who own high end things. It makes me sad. This is what I DO NOT want for myself, I can’t speak for everyone!
My blog has been around a while. A while as in about 7 years. Wow…. ok. My blog will never have posts about my outfits and where I bought my outfits. It might occasionally contain outfits I wish I could have and or perhaps an unbeatable deal I got on a pair of shoes (even that makes me feel really dumb) but probably never “what I wore today”. While I think this is a cute and fun thing, and I think about 99% of blogs I read now do this and it’s just not me. And frankly I don’t want to be so consumed with my outfits that I am now blogging about them and pressuring other women to dress a certain way. When I read them, I am constantly questioning my sense of fashion and I find myself wanting more. More of what I don’t need and worrying about my outward beauty all too much. So yes. I think it’s a little ridiculous. Sorry, friends. I like cute clothes but I don’t want to live for them.
What you will find in my blog is honesty. I never want to hide what The Lord has been doing in my life and I don’t want to hide the trials He has allowed for me. My desire in this short life is to glorify Him and share my testimony with others. It’s the least I can do. And heck, it feels good to share my life with others. We need more openness, especially in the Christian community and ESPECIALLY as women, mothers, wives, stay at home moms, etc. We need each other and we need honesty. We need support. We need love and most importantly we need Jesus and his simple truths. We don’t need the pressure of this world telling us to be perfect, skinny, cute, fashionable, successful, domestic, etc.
We need Jesus. Everything else is fleeting.
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
In my robe. It’s cloudy today. Yesterday was very hot. I am a little mad that today did not follow in yesterday’s footsteps. Oh well. Whudya do? Do you kinda hate me for all these little sentences? Ok I will stop.
But for realsies. Where the “H” is the sun? H stands for Hell. I know I can write that and still be considered a Christian but I think writing “H” is more my personality.
I actually have a candle lit this morning and I am actually enjoying it. Ok excuse me while I go throw bleach into my eyes and bash my head into the wall! I really don’t wish for Fall to come sooner! I LONG for Summer. I feel like it just arrived!! I don’t even have a tan yet! Ok, so I don’t really get tan but come on! Ok and I am still doing lots of little short sentences.
Lately I have been filling my mind with proverbs when I wake up in the morning. The past few days I have kinda skipped my bible time and slept a little later. I was trying to stop this bad habit of waking up when my girls wake up because I really enjoy the peace and quiet and heavenly inspiration before I start my day with two busy kids. Let’s just face it. They are kids now. I’m past the baby phase, toddler is kinda hanging on my a string and Cohen is just flat out old, and she knows all 50 US states by heart, so this really just bumps her up to preteen. So, if we average out her and Isla we have two kids.
*scratching my head*
Where was I… Oh yes. I kinda hate the days when I sit and think to myself, “What do I do today?” I have a million things I should do, but they just seem utterly depressing. At least when the sun comes out I can use that as an excuse to completely neglect laundry and play outside. Oh yeah, my toilets have that pink ring around the inside of them. I’m pretty sure that is some kind of mildew or something alive that should be sanitized and killed. I will bump this up to the “important” part of my list.
So to end this boring and random post I give you, Isla. My kid. Singing Twinkle twinkle.
It’s pretty stinking cute. Ps. Our hair…well. There’s no explanation other than it looks THAT good when we wake up ;-)
I’m dry. I’m empty. I’m afraid of what this world is doing to my heart and my relationship with my Lord. I feel like I’ve had stumbling blocks thrown in my way. I long for spiritual growth and closeness with Jesus. I know He longs for me to come back to Him. I know I am still not perfect when I am close with Him but I have His armor to help protect me and guide me through the flames of life.
I can’t do this on my own, Lord. Do you hear me? There is far too much pain in this life. There is too much sickness. There is too much disappointment. There is too much to take on my shoulders.
Desperate for your love and your spirit to fill me up. I’m desperate for You, Lord to heal my broken heart. Once and for all.
God gives us beauty for ashes. I looked up these words on one of my favorite bibe reference websites and it gave me this….
The Year of the LORD’s Favor
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
Are you sighing out loud? I can’t help but take a deep breath of relief when I read these words from the bible. Sometimes when I read passages from the old testament I feel like God is so big and so “fictional”. I forget He is so personal and so real. I feel Him, always, but when I close my eyes to “see” him, it’s hard sometimes.
I need this reminder that God is the one who turns my ashes into beauty. So often I rely on things of the world, or people to save me, or make the bad go away. No one can wash away my sin. Only Jesus.
Oh how I need Him. I long for His presence in my life. I long for His freedom. I long for His contentment. I hear Him speaking to me, but because it’s not a loud voice but a simple conviction in my heart, it’s too easy to ignore His righteous and sweet voice in my heart. I dream about a life of “letting go” but I hold on so tightly. I’m too afraid to take the step that I don’t see for my own eyes. I care too deeply for my flesh and I love my place in this world, when I should long for my place away from this world. But He is gracious and He never let’s me go.
It’s a bit late, and this is a bit of a random post considering my last dozen or so posts. I miss you (my readers) and I miss being real. We all need it. We all need the love and realness from each other. Let’s stop pretending, k? There’s divine healing in sharing and God knows his children are messed up and we need some lovin. That’s pretty much the gospel, isn’t it? ( John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should NOT perish but have eternal life.”
That’s it folks. We need Jesus. And He kinda likes us enough that He died for us. It’s really that simple.
Believe it? I promise you’re life wont be the same once you do.