Leaf Peeping

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It was only 95 degrees at home today.  Thankful it was not 96 or 106, amen? I love the crazy and wonderful Autumn weather in OC.  We recently took a day trip to Big Bear to go leaf peeping.  It was stunning and absolutely gorgeous.  There’s something about being outside and enjoying God’s creation.  What are you doing this weekend?  Go get lost in the woods! 🙂

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In God We Trust

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It’s been 3 years since we started our exciting journey with Olive Crest.  We are in the process of getting recertified — home inspection today!   We love this organization.  They help find safe homes for neglected/abused children.  Although we continue to walk  in the unknown, I’m more confident than ever in God’s plan for Ted and me — no matter what the final outcome (kiddos or no kiddos).  I’m choosing to trust Jesus every step of the way — the only way I want to live my life!  If you’re struggling with the unknown today, you need to read “When God’s NO Today is Protecting His YES Tomorrow” by Alicia Bruxvoort from Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Read it TODAY — you’ll be encouraged! ❤️   http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/when-gods-no-today-is-protecting-his-yes-tomorrow/

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Blob to Beauty

Have you ever watched a glass blowing demonstration?  I’ve seen it several times — including in Murano (Italy) and honestly, I’ve never been impressed.  I almost feel bad admitting it, but it’s true!  However, everything changed for me at the Sawdust Festival last month.  I was CAPTIVATED by the artist, art, and the raging fire.  I’ve been meditating on the spiritual lesson — we are all in the process of changing from blob to beauty. 🙂 The artist (Jesus) is creating the most beautiful art (you) through molding/shaping/intense heat (trials, pain, and hardships).  Whatever you’re going through today, hold on and trust God with all your heart.  You’re His masterpiece.

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Gift of Today

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We spent last weekend fishing with Ted’s family. 😀 We even caught fish.  Ha!  🐟🐠   They’re such a sweet family and we love them to pieces — even if they’re choosing to live 13 hours away from us. 😉While away, Hurricane Harvey devestated Texas and more than 30,000 lives were effected.  Life can change in an instant.  Where is your hope and security?  Mine is in Christ alone. ☝️

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Simple Joy

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My baby niece loves avocado. 💕  I was watching Josie squeeeeeeeze this delicious fruit (always tempted to call it a veggie because it’s green!) through her little fingers and occasionally eating some of it. 😛 I stayed engaged from the opposite side — end of the table.  Ha!  She played, played, played until she was covered with the green goop. When was the last time you were having so much fun that you didn’t care what you looked like?  😉

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Definition of Love

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The husband and I will celebrate our 5 year wedding annivsary this Friday. 🙂 Thank you Jesus!  One of my favorite parts of our wedding ceremony was sharing 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 with our guests.  It was read out loud by one of our dear friends.  These scriptures challenge me and encourage me daily.  God’s word is SO good.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

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The Kindness Rock Project

My sweet niece introduced me to this wonderful project! 😉 We collected rocks, painted them, and hid them around town for strangers to find.  Such a small act, but it brought so much joy (and giggles!) to our hearts. 🙂  Random acts of kindness — what are you going to do this month to bless others?

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