Small Shop Spotlight: Trendy Cactus

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For this week’s Small Shop Spotlight I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite shops, Trendy Cactus!! Elizabeth is the owner, and she creates adorable and unique shirts and onesies for boys and girls. I had the opportunity to ask her some questions, and I’m sure you’ll love getting to know her as much as you’ll love her fantastic apparel! 😄

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Lily’s Carnival: Photos From Her 1st Birthday Party!

A week later, and the fact that I now have a 3 year old and 1 year old is finally beginning to sink in! 😱 On Sunday we had a fantastic time celebrating Miss Lily with a carnival-themed party. We truly missed our west coast family and friends, 😭 but we had a marvelous time making new memories with the wonderful people God has blessed us with in this new season. ❤️ I hope you enjoy the photos, and tell me, how do you celebrate birthdays in your house??

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Weekly Image of Life: A Christmas Surprise

I LOVE surprises.  I pretend like I really want to know whatever it is that’s being hidden from me, but the truth is, I’m completely tickled pink by the suspense!  I had no idea what my wedding ring would look like because my hubby did the shopping for that on his own, and (with some convincing on my end) we decided not to find out the gender of our baby before she was born!  I give little to no hints about what I want for my birthday or Christmas, and I’m delighted to unveil the mystery at the appointed time. 😉

Today I was met by a knock on the front door, and the mailman had a special delivery for me.  I had no idea what it was and I couldn’t wait to tear the package open.  It turned out to be Alexandra’s first Christmas gift!  It was a beautiful personalized book that told the story of how she became the beloved fairy princess.
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It was from some good friends of the family, and was completely unexpected. Receiving such a sweet and thoughtful present made me think of the excitement I have when I’m able to give a heartfelt gift.

It’s a blessing to be able to give, and share a token of affection with the people you love.  I give to show my appreciation, and I can’t help but to become giddy as I wrap gifts and imagine the  big, broad smiles that I hope to see once they’re opened.
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I wish I could buy and share a Christmas surprise with everyone in my life, but as beautifully stated in this poem, the best gifts tend to be those that are intangible.

If I could wrap up gifts for you and put them under your tree, I would choose a lot of lovely things you couldn’t even see.

 I’d wrap up fun and friendship true, and happiness galore, and more joy in living than you’ve ever known before.                                            

And in a lovely package, star-trimmed with purest gold, the message of God’s love, the sweetest ever told!                                                                                                                                                                               ~Mary Kay Ash

Rejoice in giving this year, because I’m sure that to someone in your life YOU are the best Christmas surprise there is!!

Acts 20:35 (AMP)

35 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Weekly Image of Life: Create

About 3 weeks ago, we came across a garage sale while out on an evening stroll.  We picked up a number of books for Alexandra (including the “Dear God” series by Annie Fitzgerald-LOVE!), and a puzzle for ourselves. 

My husband thought this would be a fun activity to do together, so he counted the pieces and spread them out on our kitchen table.

We were supposed to work on it whenever we had the opportunity, but as of yesterday afternoon there was little difference from the first day.  I decided to come up with a brilliant idea.  We’d finish the whole thing tonight!!!  Psshhhh, don’t ask me what I was thinking, but once Alexandra went to sleep we went to work.  We were a focused team, and for a while we were on a roll!  2.5 hours later my darling hubby began to fade, and at 11:00pm it was well past his usual bedtime.  I appreciated his effort to stay awake on the eve of my birthday, 🙂 but as I kissed him goodnight I just knew I’d catch my second wind and complete the task at hand!  Hahahaha.  Well, let’s just say that while progress was made, the next 2 hours were a blur, and I stopped myself at 1:00am.

My eyelids were heavy, and I still wanted to post a coherent blog before I laid down for the night. 😉  As I stared at the empty spaces I didn’t feel like I did much of anything.  I thought I’d have a completed puzzle to show as my masterful creation, but that was not the case.  Instead, a huge smile came across my face for a completely different reason. I thought about the special quality time that had been created.  No T.V., no phones, no baby in the mix.  Just me and my love, enjoying each other’s company, and creating many special memories.  On any given day, that’s more than enough for me!!

What will you create today?

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!