Thursday, October 19, 2017

Finding Courage

You would think that by now, I would be an expert at these child study team meetings, because I have been through so many, but there are still times when I get anxious and afraid before I go into them.

I am a speech pathologist in a school district, and meeting with parents to discuss very important things, is something I do on a regular basis. I've been in very long meetings before, some that did not go as planned and some that last all of 5 minutes. Emotions can run high and being a parent of my own now, I can see why.

I have this weird twitch that I seem to get whenever I get really nervous or anxious, usually during a meeting. My heart starts to race, my palms start to sweat, my voice gets really shaky, and then if it gets bad enough, the eye twitch comes. My whole body just goes crazy with adrenaline and things don't really start to go back to normal, until after the meeting is almost over. I always wonder what the parents must say to each other, after they leave.

I have gotten a better over the years. Most meetings are wonderful. They run smoothly and quickly and we are all laughing together at the end, but they're not all the way! Some are very tough, tensions and emotions are high, and we have to do our best as a professional team, to keep it together.

So why do I get this way, all anxious and sweaty, eyes twitching and heart pounding?

Fear. Confidence stealing, anxiety filling Fear!

Fear that I am going to say the wrong thing and screw up the meeting. Fear, that I don't know what I am doing, even though I have had many years of schooling and experience in this profession. Fear, that the parents aren't going to like me or think that I am being insensitive. Pretty much anything that could go wrong!

About two weeks ago, I was about to have one of these meetings that I was fearful of. Leading up to this event, the interactions were tension filled and strong willed. I prayed for God's wisdom in dealing with this situation and for Him to help me see things from a different perspective. I was feeling better about the whole situation, until two days before, we received a letter stating that they would be recording the meeting and would be seeking counsel if things did not go the way they wanted during the meeting. Any chance of NOT having my eye twitch went right out the window.

Without going into too many details, I would like to share with you how the meeting went that day. I had my usual devotions that morning and prayed for everyone and the outcome of the meeting. It was not scheduled until the end of the day, so I had to go through the whole day with it in the back of my mind. I kept running through how the meeting was going to go and what I was going to say. At lunch, I decided to go sit in my car for few minutes to clear my head. That's when God started to bring to mind all of the different times in my life, I have been faced with fear. I realized that through every situation, He was always there right by my side. With His strength and power, I have overcome may fears, and today's meeting would be no different.

It's says in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind. And that's exactly what I prayed for that day. His power & strength to just get through the meeting, breath by breath, for His love to run through me, so that my words were compassionate and grace filled, and for sound mind, so that I could use the knowledge I have to speak truth and help to create a solution for this problem.

I am happy to tell you that I made it through the meeting. Not without sweating and feeling like my heart was going to pound right out of my chest, of course, but no eye twitching! Praise God!

Friends, God never promised us an easy life without fear. He only promised to be with us every step of the way, guiding us through. All of the not so pleasant feelings that come along with it, are going to be there too, but I can tell you from my experiences, that the feeling of facing your fears and overcoming them with God's help, is a far better feeling than running from them because you are afraid!

Will you boldly go and trust Him to lead you through whatever your "meeting" is today?

Many Blessings,

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Huge Thanks!

I just wanted to say thank you to all who played along in my giveaways this week. I had so much fun putting these together and sharing with you guys!! It means more than you know to have you guys check out my blog!

Here is a cute little print that I hand painted for you, to say thanks for joining me this week! Just click the download button under the photo!

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I hope that you will continue to follow along on Instagram as I finish out this #write31days challenge for the month of October! You can also subscribe to my blog, so that you don't miss out on and posts. See the tab at the top of my page! I only send one to two emails a month!  

Happy Fall & Many Blessings,

Friday, October 6, 2017

Day 5 Giveaway

This is it!! Today is the last day!! Day 5 of my Fall Favorites Giveaway! My all time favorite thing about Fall!! I think it's a favorite for many others as well. Drum Roll.................

Fall Home Decor!! I absolutely love to decorate my home for Fall! I put on some music, grab a cup of coffee, and just spend hours decorating, room by room. I love coming up with new ideas on how to decorate. Trying to find new ways of using items and creating perfectly styled vignettes! I love how my home feels around Fall. It's just a feeling that you can't explain. Something about Fall decor makes a home so cozy and comforting!

Today I am giving away a cute blessed pumpkin sign, with a few cute little porcelain pumpkins. I love these little guys!! I am also giving away your choice of a $10. gift card to either HomeGoods or Kirklands. Winners choice!

Question: What are some unique ideas that you have for decorating your house for Fall? Head on back to Instagram and leave your answer in the comments section.

Thanks to everyone who played along all week!! Check back tomorrow for a special surprise for all of my friends who participated in these giveaways!! I hope that you will continue to follow along for the rest of the month during my #write31days challenge. I have some great things to share with you guys! Have a fabulous Fall weekend!

Many Blessings,

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Day 4 Giveaway

We are getting close to the end of my Giveaway. It's day 4 already. I hope those who have been playing along are having fun! Today's giveaway is a close second to my all time favorite thing about Fall. I look forward to having a cup every morning during my quiet time, which is the most important part of my day. The smell, the taste, it just brings all the Fall feels.

Have you guessed it? It's pumpkin spiced coffee! I love coffee period, but the pumpkin spice coffee from Trader Joes is, by far, the best! So, for today's giveaway, I am giving away this mug that I made. I love the quote, considering that it is my topic for my #write31days challenge that I am doing right now. I am also giving away a can of Trader Joes pumpkin spiced coffee and a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks. Their pumpkin spiced lattes are pretty awesome too!!

Question: What is your favorite Fall drink or food?! Head back over to my Instagram page and leave your answer to the question in the comment section of today's post!!

Many Blessings,

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Day 3 Giveaway

So I know that you can all agree with me, that one of the best things about Fall, are the clothes!! There is nothing I love more than a good pair of boots, comfy sweater, and other accessories, like scarves and cute leg warmers! I just finished creating my wardrobe capsule for the Fall and I think that this has been my best one yet!

For today's giveaway, I am giving away a super cute plaid infiniti scarf with a beautiful pair of brown druzy earrings. These were hand made by my very talented friend Kristen. I have a pair and they are the perfect earring to wear with all of your Fall attire! I am also giving away a $10.00 gift card to Target, so you can go grab that cute sweater or pair of boots that you've been eyeing up!

Question: What is your favorite Fall clothing item that you just can't live without? Head back to my Instagram page and leave your answer in the comments section of todays post!!

And,..... if you don't win today's giveaway and would like to purchase a pair of those gorgeous earrings, my friend Kristen, from project.shineon is selling more, so head on over to her page and send her a direct message.

Many Blessings,

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Day 2 Giveaway

Another one of my favorite things about Fall is getting all cozy on the couch and watching one of my favorite movies! There is something about staying home with a glass of wine to just relax and watch a good flick. Especially, because it starts to get colder and darker earlier which means less time outdoors!

So, for today's giveaway, I am giving away one of my favorite movies, plus a $10.00 gift certificate to Redbox so you can check out the latest releases. Trust me, your friends will be jealous when they find out you get to stay home and relax on a Friday night!

 Question: What is your favorite movie to cozy up to on Friday night???!! Head back to Instagram and leave your answer in the comments.

Many Blessings,

Monday, October 2, 2017

Day 1 Giveaway

I have to say one of the best things about fall, is the smell. There is nothing better than walking out side into the crisp fall air and getting a whiff. You all know what I am talking about. There are so many  other great smells that come with the fall season. No wonder there are a ton of great candles that come out around this time. One of my all time favorites is Mrs. Meyer's Apple Cider Candle. The smell is amazing and it brings all the Fall feels!

So, for today's giveaway, I am giving away a Mrs. Meyers candle, plus a $10.00 gift certificate to Bath & Body works so you can go check out all of their scents. They have a ton of great Fall candles too!

 Question: What is your favorite Fall smell???!! Head back to Instagram and leave your answer in the comments.

Good Luck & Many Blessings,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

31 Day Writing Challenge

As I sit down to type this post, it's a bittersweet feeling to think that another year just flew by, but at the same time, I'm excited for this season and all that it will bring.

This year, for the 31 day writing challenge, they opened up a new way to participate via Instagram. I knew immediately that this was the group that I would be apart of. There will be a few posts that I will link up to my blog, but most of my content for this challenge will be posted each day on my Instagram page, the.erin.elizabeth. I think that by providing this option, it allows others, who don't blog, to participate, and for those who do have a blog, it is a new challenge on top of the writing for 31 days.

I couldn't be more excited!

My topic this year is, Be The Change, and it's more than just being nice and kind. If I can be real, in my opinion, it doesn't take much to be kind to one another. I am sure for some people it may not be easy, but I think for most people, kindness should be apart of our every day routine, minus the bad days. I know we're not perfect!

This change that I speak of, kindness does play a part, but it's actually doing something about the things we so wish were different in our society. It's putting action behind our words. Now, I understand that for most, we can't just pick up our lives and move across the country to do mission work, but what if I told you that you don't need to move to another country to God's work. There is plenty of stuff right here in our little towns that need a change.

I hope that you will join me in this journey of exploring the many ways that we can be the change. I know for so long, I would pray to God and ask for Him to do something about a situation. I have finally realized that His response was the same every time, I just ignored it, and I believe that response is the same for most of us.

 "I created you"!

He created us to be His hands and feet, to do something about areas where we want to see a change. Sure, there are plenty of things that are not meant for us to fix, but there are plenty of things where we can make a change!

You can follow me during the next 30 days over on my Instagram page, the.erin.elizabeth. This is where I will create most of my posts. I will also have a direct link for each day's post here, if that's easier for you.

Day 1 --> Welcome
Day 2 --> Prayer
Day 3 --> Family
Day 4 --> Listen
Day 5 --> Grace
Day 6 --> Give Back
Day 7 --> Be Grateful
Day 8 --> Smile More
Day 9 & 10--> Make Mistakes but Don't Give Up
Day 11 --> Make a New Friend
Day 12 --> Hospitality
Day 13 & 14 --> Present over Perfect
Day 15 --> Rest
Day 16 & 17 --> Kindness
Day 18 --> Don't Judge
Day 19 --> Courage
Day 20 --> Forgive
Day 21 --> Be Yourself
Day 22 --> Marriage

And the best part of all, is that I am kicking off this challenge with my "5 days of Fall Favs" Giveaway. Staring tomorrow, Monday October 2, and running through Friday October 6th, I will post one of my Fall favorites to give away. Each day will be something different and you can enter each day. You must be following me on Instagram because that is how you enter!! All the details will be given via Instagram each day, and in order to be eligible to win, you will have to follow the rules posted there each day. Good Luck!

Many Blessings,

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall Edition Newsletter Plus a Few Extras

The weather sure has not felt like it and I don't think it will for the next week or two, but it's officially Fall!!

In hopes that things will start to cool down soon, I bring you the Fall Edition of my Newsletter, The Simple Life. It's filled with the latest and greatest to get you in the mood for Fall. I have really enjoyed putting these Newsletters together! To grab a free copy, click the download button below.


And if you missed the Premiere Issue, you can download it here ---> The Simple Life: Summer Edition.

Be sure to check back, this Saturday, for all the details on this year's Write 31 Days Challenge! This is such fun challenge that I have participated in, for the past 3 Octobers.  I will be talking to you about the topic I chose for this year, plus a little twist on how I will be participating. If you are interested in joining along with tons of fabulous other writers/bloggers, click the photo below for all the details. I will be kicking off the writing challenge with my "5 Days of Fall Favs" giveaway. A little incentive to get you started and hopefully you will continue to follow along with me for the whole month of October. 

Here's to a fabulous Fall season filled with lots of love, hope, joy, and peace!!

Many Blessings,

Monday, September 18, 2017

New Season, New Ideas

With Fall right around the corner, and my house almost fully decorated for it, I am finally ready to say goodbye to Summer.

As I a lay here in bed all day, thanks to some sort of stomach bug I picked up, I decided to look through some of the photos I took over the Summer.  We did a lot of fun things together as a family and I tried to make the most of every day. I used my Instax Mini Polaroid camera  to take photos of all the big, memorable things we did. I had so much fun putting this album together.

The highlight of Summer was our trip to the beach for a week. We rented a house with my husband's parents and his sister and her hubby. My mom was here from Montana during that time, so she was able to come down and enjoy the beach as well. We had some family photos taken on the beach, and we made it to a few concerts that were amazing! I also had a chance to finish reading my book, we renovated our basement, and I was able to cross off a few fun projects that I wanted to do. It was definitely a Summer for the books.

As much as I love Summer, and wasn't quite ready for it to be over, Fall is my favorite season, and I am excited for what is to come. I have lots of new ideas to share with you guys. I am ready to inspire and be inspired. Be sure to check in this weekend and grab the Fall edition of my newsletter, The Simple Life. I will also be giving details about my '5 Days of Fall Fav's' Giveaway that will be happening from October 2-6. You don't want to miss out!

Many Blessings,

Friday, September 8, 2017

Back to School

It's no secret, I love to create things!! I am always looking for new and fun ways to capture memories and record them, so we can look back on them in the years to come.

I know that most kids are back to school already, but this fun little activity can still be done anytime this month.

Word Rocks

Last year my son started preschool at our church. I wanted to do something different with him that would be fun and memorable each year. I know that there are going to be different things that he will be faced with or have to learn about every year. I thought about how I choose a word for myself every year. Something that I really want to focus on or an area where I need to grow. I decided to do this with my son, but in a more simpler form. For his first year we chose the word 'courage', because we knew that it was going to be a year of firsts. We knew that he was probably going to be nervous and afraid, but we wanted to teach him that God would give him the strength and the courage to get through these things. And he did!! It was a great first year!!

This year we decided on the word, 'kindness'. He is a little older and more familiar, now, with his school. He is no longer afraid because he went last year, plus it helps that his school is also our church. I want him to focus this year on being kind to others, especially his classmates, who he will be with most of the week. This is very important to my husband and I, that our son learn, at an early age, to be kind to others. With the way the World is today, this a quality that we can't afford to overlook when raising our kids.

A few other fun things that I did with my son were, the first day of school board with all of his current stats and favorites, and I also made him an adult sized t-shirt that says "class of 2032" that he wore in the photo. I plan to have all of his teachers sign it every year!

There are so many fun things out there that you can do with your kids. It's never too late to start! Having these things to look back on when your littles are all grown up and out of the house, will mean so much!

Before I go, I created a fun freebie for you guys, in honor of my birthday, yesterday, and starting back to school this week!! Print one out and hang it up as a reminder!

Many Blessings,

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What I Learned This Season: Summer Recap

Wow! September, where did you come from?! Did anyone else's Summer fly by like mine? Every year it seems to go by faster and faster.

Most of you know that I took a break form social media and blogging for the month of August. It was fabulous. At first, I missed it, but if I am being completely honest, it was amazing. Not worrying about what to write or post about. No giveaways or aimlessly scrolling through feeds. No drama or feeling like I need to keep up. Just time.

Lots of time, and I loved it!! This leads me to what I learned this Summer. It's not a list of things or anything super crazy. Just one simple, life changing lesson.

Here it is...

I don't want to miss the actual fabric of the interior of my life, the beautiful child growing up right this second, in my own home, (my husbands needs & loving friendships), because I am working to please people somewhere out there.  -Shauna Niequist (adapted by me)

Basically, I don't want to miss out on what is most important in this life. I was on the road that leads to destruction. Cramming my life with too much stuff and trying to keep up with the Joneses. I was trying to prove that I could do it all and be it all. Part of the reason for this is because of what I see on social media. I am so glad that I took a break from it. I plan on doing at least 4 times a year, maybe not as long, but it's definitely needed.

This Summer was great, and I am sure that there were other things I learned (like how to use a Circut and make a bunch of really cool stuff), but this is what it all came down to. There is nothing wrong with having passions and desires, but when they are left unchecked they can ruin you. They become your focus and you start to forget what is most important.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Summer. I would love to know what you learned. Be sure to check out Emily's blog, where tons of other bloggers link up to share what they have learned each season.

Many Blessings,

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Taking a Break

I'm popping in to say hi and to let you know, that for the month of August, I have decided to take a break from all social media and blogging.

I have been feeling this need to take a break for awhile, but have been ignoring it. I don't know if it was fear of missing out or falling behind, but I have come to the point where I realized that it just doesn't matter!! My world is not going to end and Instagram and Facebook are not going anywhere.

Sometimes you just need to unplug and give yourself a rest. It's nice to make connections and build relationships on social media but you need to make sure that your family and close friends are not getting your second best. Social media can be very useful and inspiring but we have to be careful that we aren't missing out on what is right in front of us in our own homes!!

I will be back in September before I start back to work and I know that will be here before I know it.

I have left you with a fun freebie for August and I hope you have a good one!

Many Blessings,

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Real Life: Letting Go of Perfection Part 2

In my last post I talked about letting go of perfection and how hard it can be. For most of us that struggle with this, it is not something we just decided to try for a season. The idea of perfection is something that has been ingrained in us, probably starting at a young age. Therefore, it makes it that much harder to let go and change our ways!


Today I want to share with you a few ways, that might help you, in taking the steps you need to let go of perfection. 

The first thing I did was make a declaration. When we struggle with something, we need to capture it, confess it, and replace it with the truth....

I recognize my need for perfection in certain areas of my life. I confess that it is wrong and that I need to change. It's robbing me of joy and many other precious moments in my life, and in the end I am never satisfied. I believe the truth, that it is ok to not get everything done on my to-do list. It is ok if something doesn't turn out exactly as I planned. It's ok to let things go for the sake of being present with the ones I love. There is always tomorrow. I realize that this is something that I will have to work at everyday, but through His strength, I know that it is possible. 

I try to go through and read this at least once a week to help remind myself of these truths. 

The second thing, that I think is very important, is to start your day off in prayer and in the Word. This really helps me a lot. I usually pick a daily devotional to do and then I try to concentrate on a scripture verse from that days message. Another thing you can do, if you aren't a very spiritual person, is spend the first 5 minutes of the day alone, quieting your thoughts, maybe with a cup of coffee or tea. I like to sit outside, when it's nice, listen to the sounds and take in the beauty around me.

Another thing that really helps me is something that I only recently started to do. When I plan out my week or day, I try to only put 3 or 4 things, at the most, on my to-do list. I am trying to think more realistically. I always overwhelm myself by putting way too many things on my list and then when I don't get them all done, I am frustrated and disappointed with myself. I like to think of what I can really get done in one day while still leaving time for my family and doing things with them.

Finally, the last thing and the hardest, but I know that it helps.....

Take a break from all social media!! No Instagram, no Facebook, no Twitter or Pinterest. Half of the reason we reach for perfection, is because of what we see out there on social media. Then we start comparing our lives and what we do to others. So much of what is portrayed on the internet isn't real life. What we read and see is, 

I can do everything, be everywhere, have the best behaved kids, keep my house perfectly clean and styled, make the perfect home cooked meals, looking fabulous while doing it, and never make mistakes. 

Whew!! That's a lot. I don't know about you, but this is far from what my actual life is even though I get caught up trying to act like it is. Friends, it's not real, and perfection is not attainable. Plus, we don't know what is going on behind the scenes for those that we think have perfect lives. 

While reading, Present Over Perfect, I came to the chapter where Shauna talks about legacy, the end of life, and regret. This is her response,

"I don't want to miss the actual fabric of the interior of my life and the beautiful children growing up right this second in my own home, because I'm working to please people somewhere out there."

She hit the nail on the head with that one. I was thinking it and she wrote it. The legacy I want to leave behind is not one that is marked with striving for perfection or people pleasing. I want it to be about serving my family and friends out of love for Christ, being present in every moment, and for having the courage to start over and not give up when things aren't perfect.

How about you?

Many Blessings,

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Real Life: Letting Go of Perfection

Enough is Enough

I have hit that point in my life where I need to make a change before it's too late. 

My name is Erin, and I am a recovering perfectionist! 

For too long I have run around waving that flag, (of perfection, not surrender) trying to do it all and wanting everything to be perfect, and I have had enough. 

I can honestly say, I am at that point where I have finally realized, perfect is a goal I will never achieve, and to be honest, I think I have known this for quite some time. I have just been struggling to let it go. You see, God gave us this thing called, free will, which means we have the choice, everyday, to choose the things that we are going to do that will consume our time. We can create to-do lists that are miles long, try to cram more hours in a day, and continuously strive and work for things that are not our purpose. And God will allow us to operate this way for awhile, until we finally realize, no matter what the plans we have in our heart, His purpose will prevail. The faster we realize this, the better off we are. I wish I could say that I realized this a lot sooner, it would have saved me a lot of worry and stress, but the flesh is weak, and that desire to prove myself and be good at something is strong. 

Yet not what I will, but what You will. -Mark 14:36 

This has been my go to verse for awhile now, and in some areas of my life I can say that I do apply this, but that's not how it should be. I can't just pick and choose what's best for me. I need to surrender it all. Every plan, every desire and dream, every need and want, I need to let go of it all and surrender control.

I started reading this book Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Neiquest. This is when I finally stopped resisting the need to change my lifestyle. She starts off one of the chapters with a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "I hope you live a life you are proud of and if you find that you are not, I hope you find the strength to start over again". I am not saying that I am not proud of the life I have lived so far. I am simply not proud that I let perfection play such big part. Like any other crossroad in my life, God has ultimately been the deciding factor guiding me down the right path, helping to make the necessary changes before it's too late. The beauty of it all, is that everyday is chance to start over. It's really amazing when you finally realize this. Given our free will, and with the strength God gives, we can hit the restart button at any time.

So, here I am. This time waving the white flag of surrender, because I know that this is not the life God intended for me. I know that this is going to be hard and I am going to have to work to let things go daily, but I am ready for it. I have had a taste of what it's like to not care about getting it all done. I have learned how to say no to more stuff and be present in the moment. I know that perfection is not real life. I am learning everyday what I can do and how to let go of what I can't.  There will be more time to do other things that I enjoy later on, but I am currently missing out on the most important things right in front of me. It's going to be a journey and I am only at the beginning, but I made the choice and I am sticking to it. Present over perfect!

Be sure to check back next week for the second part of, Letting Go of Perfection. I will be sharing with you the many ways that we can do this and live a less stressed, more joyful life. 

Many Blessings,

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Edition is Here!!

Happy first day of Summer! Today was the first day of Summer break for me! I have 75 glorious days off and I plan to make the most out of each and every day!

I have been working very hard to bring you the first edition of my newsletter, 'The Simple Life'. I really enjoyed creating this for you and I hope that you will enjoy it too. Just click the picture below to download your copy!!

And stay tuned for new photos of my home to be add very soon! I am so excited for this Summer and all that is in store!!

Many Blessings,

Friday, June 16, 2017

What I Learned This Season: Spring

Only 2 more school days left and then it's Summer!! I am back again for another post of 'What I Learned this Season'. I definitely think I learned a lot this Spring, but more than that, I feel myself growing in a lot of ways, spiritually, and it just feels so amazing! I thought I would do this one a little different and share with you in one-liners & quotes, just for fun! So, in no particular order, here is what I learned this season......

1. The days are long, but the years are short. Make every moment count, because before you know it, the time will be gone!

2. Being content means, wanting what you already have, not having whatever you want!

3. Wisdom and humility are a package deal. Those who have great wisdom have experienced great humility. #lifegoal

4. Sometimes our lives feel like they are spinning out of control. In our hearts we scream, 'this is not the way I imagined it', but even when our plans don't seem to match God's path, we can still count on His purpose. Can I get an Amen?!!

5. "The influence of a good teacher can never be erased". I received this quote in a beautiful frame with such a sweet note from one of my student's. It made me cry, because as a speech language pathologist, a lot of times, I get over looked. It is nice to receive stuff like this, once in awhile, to remind me why I chose this profession.

6. Just because you have a lot of dietary restrictions, doesn't mean you still can't have fun. Try these amazing treats! They are delicious and perfect for that sweetness you crave, but you don't have to feel guilty about it!


7. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends".  -John 15:13 What a great example of what true friendship really means, than the story of David and Jonathan. I knew at one point in my life, that certain relationships would not last, and would probably drift apart, but I have no hard feelings about it. It just makes me so grateful for those few who have stuck by me from the beginning and will go with me till the end.

8. "I must have flowers always & always". -Claude Monet 
It turns out, that I am better at gardening than I thought. Most of the time I have had bad luck with flowers and plants, but when you do a little research and put in some effort, you can grow some awesome stuff, and really enjoy it too. I can't wait to plant some bulbs and trees in the fall!!

9. Anyone can wear red lipstick, you just have to find the right shade. -Jess Connolly


10. Chillin' in the car they spent all day waxin'
         Leanin' to the side but you can't spead through
         Two miles an hour so everybody sees you
         There's an air of love and of happiness
         And this is the Fresh Prince's new defintion' of summer madness..
         Summer, Summer, Summertime.
         Time to sit back and unwind!  -DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith)

I am so ready for Summer and I hope you are too!

Many Blessings,