I have entered the world of blogging! My purpose? To stay connected to friends and family and invite you into my world. A world filled with fun, tears, laughter, excitement, elation, disappointment and all the blessings of being a mother and wife.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Here is an awesome resource to help teach your kiddos about the first Thanksgiving. Click HERE

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Friendship Part Two: But how?

Tips for Establishing Meaningful Relationships:
  • All new things can be uncomfortable in the beginning. Familiarly comes with time.  The more you go, the more times you try, the more comfortable you will get.  When I first attended a Bible study at my church I didn’t know anyone. The ladies were close and I felt like an outsider. I forced myself to push through these feelings and keep going to the study.  Now some of those women are my dearest friends! I would have missed this opportunity if I had stopped quit due to my uncomfortable feelings.
  • The more you give of yourself the more you will receive.  In order to have authentic and meaningful friendships you have to be willing to be a little vulnerable. (This doesn’t mean you must share your darkest secrets during a first conversation!)  Over time be willing to open up and share your fears, dreams, hopes, joys and struggles. The more vulnerable you are, the more your friends will be willing to share themselves with you.
  • Believe that you deserve time with friends.  If you are a mom, develop a support system that will free you up to have time for friendships.  Some of us have husbands that have a hard time supporting us in taking time for ourselves. It is helpful to evaluate, how supportive are you when he wants time with his friends or to do his hobbies? Try to work out equal time for you each to have a break.
  • Set out specific time and energy to have friends in your life.  It is important to trust how vital these connections are. If you believe in the value of friendships, you will be more apt to make room in your life for friends.Form or join interest groups such as garden clubs or book clubs. Joining a faith community is a great way to form friendships.  It is important to remember in this day of social media, email, texting, Skype, etc. that although they are helpful in staying connected, they can not take the place of real life face to face encounters.
I challenge you to take a step today towards making a friend or connecting with a friend.
What is one thing you can do right now to take a step towards friendship?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Friendships Part One: Friends? I don’t have the time!

Let’s face it our lives are FULL! The demands on our time are GREAT! Often it is our natural tendency to put ourselves last.
Our need for “me-time”, nutrition, exercise, and devotional time seems to always be at the bottom of the list. Sometimes we feel guilty taking time for ourselves. It is just easier to not take the time.
Yet taking time for ourselves and our friends is important.
Why are friendships important?
We are designed to be in relationship. First, with Christ, and second, with others. Women in particular are relational beings and thrive when connected to others in meaningful relationships.
Establishing and maintaining healthy friendships provides the opportunity for us to recharge and connect with others. Having a friend that relates to our stage in life, and that we can share and laugh with, is essential to our mental well-being.
Since life can be stressful, it is vital to maintain friendships (especially after having children). Not doing so can lead to burn out, frustration, isolation or depression.
Evidence suggests these health benefits of friendship:  It increases your sense of belonging and purpose, boosts happiness, reduces stress, improves self worth, decreases risk of serious mental illness, helps you weather traumas and it encourages change of unhealthy habits.
Who should my friends be?
Not all our friends have to be just like us. Friends might be single, married, with kids or without: it does not matter. A friend is someone that you share a special bond with. The critical element is connection.  Connection that is genuine, caring and supportive.
Developing friendships can be scary! You may have experienced hurt at the hand of a friend. The key is to not let that experience hold you back from other real friendships. The benefits outweigh the risks. Forgiveness and learning from the past hurts helps you grow as a person.
At one time or another every woman has feared rejection, felt alone or assumed that the other woman has it all together.
Many times I have heard women say “I don’t have any friends” or “no one invites me anywhere”. I too have thought this and have felt “left out”. After honest conversations with other women I have come to realize that we all feel insecure at times.
Once I recognized that all women just want to be loved and accepted as much as I do, I felt freedom.  Freedom to be myself, to step out of my comfort zone a little and try to make friends.
I encourage you to take an inventory of your friendships.
When was the last time you spent quality time with a friend?

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's my birthday weekend!

My birthday is Sunday but I'm celebrating now by playing in blog land and then packing to spend the weekend at the beach with the family! I can't wait! I'll end my birthday with my favorite meal, sushi. I've learned that getting older is a whole lot easier (and more fun) if you plan something you love, gives you something to look forward to.  :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

A few stops in blog land  Weekend Blog Hop 
Let Them Eat Cake

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween night...

Popeye the Sailor Man!


Popeye and Olive Oyl, the happy couple

Candy time!

Alice and sweet baby Ruby the flower

Grace the Archeriss (is that a word?!)

My friends Kristine the pirate and Linda as Bella Swan

The Sommerville Family