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Monday, September 26, 2016

Homesick.

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Ack, I'm homesick. I feel sad, frustrated, annoyed, antisocial, and lonely. I miss Timothy the dog, I miss my nieces and nephews, I miss the crazy loud Nguyen family (although I do hear lots of noisy Vietnamese people right here in my own apartment. Who knew the Vietnamese were loud a people? I always thought it was just Duy's family, apparently it's all of them! and it's awesome!)

I miss my mom, I don't live close to her - but knowing that she was just an hour flight away had a calming effect, I could go anytime... I miss my dad, 3 hour drive, I can do that solo and hang out... My sister, her hubby and kids... I miss them all! AND that doesn't even get into the fact that I miss things, I miss my mugs, I miss my favourite chair, my books, the blue skies, the fresh air, the familiarity...  I even miss how the dust dances across the sun shining in my windows.

It's crazy what you miss... I mean I am in communication with everyone, but it just isn't the same... they are just that much further away, and I miss them...

Today isn't going to be the only day I am homesick... it'll happen over and over and over again, and somedays I'll entertain it, and somedays I won't... today I am entertaining these thoughts... But I'm also keeping in mind that Home is where you make it.

In order to make this my home, I bought a new couch... looks an awful lot like my couch at home... same colour exactly - and it makes me happy just to see it. I'm on the hunt for a new mug, OR I'm going to take a pottery class and make one, that will kill two birds with one stone. We've found a church that is full of amazing people who are fast friends and we've become part of a new church community. I'm signed up to be a seller at a Christmas Bazaar. I'm getting up my nerve and energy to have a few people over for a CreativiTEA Party-bring the stuff you are working on, and lets have tea, cookies, conversation and create! (and that tea, will probably end up being coffee - cause, well, you know me.)

So I'm trying to carve out a new life here. Is it easy? No. Do I spend way too much time on Facebook trying to keep up with all of my friends from home? Yes. Will that change? Probably not. Will I be ok? Absolutely. Will I be ok today? Well, let's just say I will survive-

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Anytime is a Good Time for Coffee.

Today I needed more than one cup of coffee... it was one of those days, when you look at the clock and realize that it is only 10:30 in the morning, so why the heck not?!

Plus, anytime is a good time for another cup of coffee- Happy Coffee-ing!

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Please Don't Feed The Fears.

How many times have you stopped yourself from doing something because of how you felt people would perceive it, or perceive you, or judge you?

I have, more times than I'd like to admit, and I still do. I catch myself saying, "oh Miss, you can't do that..."

Well you know what... there is a time and place for rethinking stuff... there is also a time and place to stop living in the fear that someone will judge you or your work, or your talent...

The world needs more of what you have to share.
I read this rule somewhere and I still believe it to be true... when you post your art, share your voice, use your talent... 33% will, 33% won't, and 33% won't even care.

33% of people will love it,  33% will hate it,  and 33% won't care that you shared it, or didn't share it. 

So you know what, with odds like that, just do it, stop feeding the fears of what you think others might say or do, and just go for it! It's time to follow your dream, share your passion, and reach your goals. You've got this... and so do I. I'm preaching to the choir here today people... preaching to the choir. (that would be me, I wrote this for me- because life gets rough and sometimes people are mean, and it's easier not to share what you have then to put it out there... so ya, this one is for me.)

Can you relate? What do you want to do but are too afraid to try?

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beloved Mess... a book review.

Have you ever read a book that came to you at the perfect time, in the perfect moment, packaged perfectly to speak into your life? This is Beloved Mess for me. Just when I needed it most, I started reading it. Just when I was confronted with a situation in which I needed to show grace, I was in the middle of it. Just when I feel like a failure at giving grace... I read the final words, and grace floods over me... soaks me, and I just melt into it and know... that I am ok. All is ok.

I can't recommend this book enough, for everyone... everyone who ever felt they didn't measure up, for everyone who ever felt like somehow you were just not good enough, for anyone who ever thought that grace is great for others, but I just don't deserve it... for those covered in shame, hurt, heartache... this book is for you, this book is full of hope,  overflowing in love, and just absolutely dripping grace... from every page... it's ok to not measure up, none of us do, and we never will...

I have been blessed over the years to be able to read and review books, and I tell you the honest truth, I was never really that interested in sharing my thoughts about them. But this one, I can't say it enough or loud enough- you need to read it! I needed to read it. I need to reread it. I need to get it into my heart... it is a simple explanation of the most complicated yet most simple concept ever... grace... how did I miss this all these years?

I've created 2 prints to stand as reminders that you are His Beloved... His Beloved Mess... and you are just perfect in His eyes...

My official review... It doesn't even do justice to the impact this book has had on my heart...

Have you read this book?

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Beloved Mess: God's Perfect Love for Your Imperfect Life 
Kimm Crandall

Grace. What’s so awesome about Grace? How about the fact that we don’t deserve it, yet our entire lives are enrobed in it, dripping with it, and yet some of us still don’t see it.  Kimm’s book, Beloved Mess, is just what the doctor ordered, it’s the unveiling of this truth, this grace, it’s the peeling away the layers of the most mysterious, yet most simple concept ever. Grace. We don’t deserve it, we can never earn it, it is given to us because of Jesus. Period. 

This book is a small, yet powerful book, with chapters and questions that lead you into a discussion- either with others in a group, or with yourself. Answering the guided questions helps you come up with a personal understanding of just how amazing this grace is. 

Personally this book for me was an eye opener, it talked about what we think we know to be true, versus what is really true. 

Now, just because we have this knowledge, doesn’t mean -by any means- that it will all of a sudden be implemented in our lives. It will be a journey, maybe a journey that we suck at… but the amazing thing is this; the knowledge that we are all a mess, and we will never live up to the the Law, and there is nothing we can do to earn it… we are complete and utter mess-ups… and that is exactly why Christ came to die.  He wasn’t a mess-up. He is perfect, and when God looks down on us, He sees us enrobed in all of the love and goodness that is Jesus… and showers us  little mess-ups with His grace. We can’t get away from it, even if we try. We are soaked and slathered in it every moment of every day. No matter how far you try to get, how far you run, you cannot outrun the love and the grace that abounds towards you.

I read the digital version of this book, and I cannot wait to get a hard copy, the hubby and I are living abroad and so getting the physical book is a little difficult. But this is one book that I will be adding to my personal library, and sharing with my friends. It is a book that I feel everyone needs to read. I loved it, and I will be rereading it, and hopefully starting a book club so I can share it with others.

Beloved Mess unravels the beauty of this amazing grace that we so desperately need in our lives, that’s slathered over us daily, and yet we still don’t see it, or feel it… this book helps peel away the blinders we put on either by personal expectations and or the expectations of others. 

Read this book, get lost in the simplicity of grace, let it roll over you and flood every area of your life, swim in it, soak it up, and share it with others… 



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Hand Lettered.

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