the post that got (carried) away.

Oh boy. I do believe this is the post that got away....a little carried away that is.  My little bundle of thoughts, all tied up with string.  Gathered from here and there.....some deep, most probably not. I do love a good ramble, just as much as a hearty conversation. You?

And let the jumbledness begin.

I heard a speaker on christian radio today.  They said something about we need to "seek His face" and my immediate reaction was- What if I don't want to seek His face? What if God wants me to seek his ears, or feet instead today? lol.  I guess it got me thinking about how many christian catch-phrases we have that wouldn't make sense to me at all if I hadn't grown up around it.

My girls make me laugh.  I like their conversation.  They are just now starting to play together.  It's magic every time.  It's little unrecognizable sounds and giggles, conversation, gazes galore. Magic.

I have a whole slew of shops and people I want to feature on the blog.  People who inspire me, are crazy talented, and work hard.

I'm reading The Artful Parent and wanting to plan a very intentional season of learning, playing, and celebrating for the girls in autumn/winter.

Anna Ruth starts a Mom's Day Out half-day program soon.  No, we're not homeschooling.  God continues to fill our minds, hearts, and bodies with the mission of public school.

The post I wrote about food and emotional eating has gone a bit crazy on pinterest. For a small blogger like me at least.  People love it.  Hmmm.....maybe I hit a nerve there? I should post more on this topic soon. I'm still brutally honest on the topic and needing God more than ever.

I like to pick up feathers and heart rocks. And treasures.

When driving over the lake I have little thoughts of a lake house, or a fun campout on the shore with some friends.  Does this make me a gypsy?

I'm still trying to figure this Etsy shop stuff out.  I get great feedback galore.  But also comments that people just don't know what to do with photos, or don't hang them up.  I can't compute.  We have happy things hung all over our home. How to bridge this gap with my future customers...I just don't know.

I have a big birthday coming up.

An author (I won't say who) came to my house this week. A real life author. (hi friend) I had a delightful time but became a nervous mess. She was talking about bloggers/authors I've read or followed for years, but would never even dream of meeting.  She's met them!
I was so, so super shy about talking about my dreams.
I get so silly feeling when I say I want to sell photos and host art retreats in a Rosy Retreat building.
This little voice asks me who do I think I am, and that it's selfish or silly to want these things.
The truth is-the dreams and thoughts are there for a reason.  And lonely, depressed, anxious people are needing a solution.  I think art, beauty, and creating can be part of that solution.

Rice crackers from Walgreens are my fave.

Couch 2 5 K says I should be able to run 3 miles straight by now. I can't. I can run 15 or 20 minutes straight. I can complete 3 miles in 38 minutes.  I still walk at least 5 days a week, between 1 and 3 miles.

I can't wait for the new season of Parenthood to come on. And-I've officially made it 3 months straight with no t.v. watching (other than Curious George, and a night of America's Got Talent, waste of time)

I'm thankful for playgroup friends.  A handful of gals who have known me since Anna was teeny-tiny.

Brett and I are going to start volunteering in the church nursery. Woohoo! Bring on the 1-year olds.

I'm looking forward to autumn. We're making an Autumn List. :)

When other children gather around Betsy and Anna's there too she'll run over, place her hands around Betsy, scowl, and say "This is Detsy. My sister." LOL.

I love, love, love, love, love being a mama. I love marching to the beat of my own drum.  I feel weird and out there a lot of days. but happy. And peace-filled.

My first blogger conference is coming up soon. Bring on the nice Arkansas gals.

and goodnight for now.  See you lovely folks tomorrow! (p.s.-what are your rambling thoughts? Please oh please share below. I just love hearing from you)


  1. A friend of mine called me the Johnny Appleseed of patchwork; spreading and sharing my patchwork creations with others. She made me laugh, but I listened to what she meant. Maybe you can relate this to your photography and your art retreat. It's certainly NOT selfish or silly. I truly believe God works through our heart and our hands, so please pay attention to your gifts and listen to your heart. You just may be the Johnny Apppleseed of happy photography. Get that art retreat going...I want to go!

    1. You most certainly ARE the Johnny Appleseed of patchwork! I love, love your brilliant combinations of fabric. And you are totally one of the people I'm wanting to feature on this blog! :)

      You can help me pray for the $$$$$$ to get an art retreat building :) or shed. lol.

  2. I'm far away in Maryland and my kiddos are mostly grown now but I would love, love, love to sit on your porch with you and chat about raising girls (I have two!) or good books or fun recipes. I think you are inspiring just with your "rosy" outlook and your love for creativity and color! I don't have those things (I dream of an all-white house!) but I love them in you! Keep up the good work! I look forward to reading each morning!

    P.S. Our oldest daughter got married last summer in a vintage/barn wedding near Gettysburg, PA. We did most of the work ourselves and it turned out splendidly (proud mama moment, of course!) It was the most creative I have ever been and probably ever will be--out of financial necessity! HAHA But I thought you might enjoy looking at the wedding (featured on the uber-fun wedding blog "Style Me Pretty". Some "eye candy" for your Friday (in my humble opinion!)

  3. hi Jen! What is Maryland like? I bet it is beautiful. :) I'm so glad you read every morning! I admit-I dream of vacationing in an all-white house. :) I just don't think I could do it day to day, lol.

    THANK-YOU, thank-you for sharing your daughter's wedding! I know the blog Style Me Pretty, well! I checked out the pictures and they are just stunning. Each one is filled to the brim with creativity! (I love the old cabinet with the photos/flowers/fan displayed on it and the sofa in front of the tree....) If you don't mind, I think I'll pin some of these pictures to my pinterest boards. So inspiring and gorgeous! You should be proud. :)

    1. I would be honored to have you pin some of the pictures! And, Brooke (our daughter) would be tickled as well, I'm sure. Those photos on the cabinet are photos of the bride and groom's grandparents' and parents' weddings. It was a great way to honor their godly heritage! Happy Weekend!

  4. Nothing silly about your dreams, my friend. Every time I look at your photos (which are being prepared to hang in my kitchen - after which I send you a picture...of your pictures) I thank God for the opportunity to watch you grow into such a lovely woman, mother and author. Thank you for listening to God's plans for you! Jen B.

    1. Good morning friend! I loved the line "I send you a picture..of your pictures." That's a lot of pictures, just how I like it. :) And I like you and am so glad we're friends. Thanks for reading and encouraging! And being a great mama I can look up to.


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