Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Welcoming Spirit Blog Hop #11: Reach for Your Dreams



I saw this image on Pinterest last week, and it stuck with me. I often find myself wondering "What's next?" I know that most people make between five and seven career changes during their life time. I've been a project manager for fourteen years now.

It's inspiring to me that one of the greats didn't start doing what she's best known for until she was 37. I'm past that age now, but then part of me would love to find a way to make a living doing retreats, which I started in my mid-thirties.

What dream do you hold on to for your "What's next?"? I'd love to hear about it :)




It's time to link up and get hopping! Please share a post about your experiences below. If you'd like to support the hop and grab the code for your blog, that would make me smile, too :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kids Crafts Linky Party #14: Terra Cotta Pot, a Beach Scape, and Name Art

For Mother's Day this year, Sean and Zoom made me a very cute terracotta pot, covered in shells that we'd collected together at the beach. They covered the bottom portion of the pot with ceramic grout, smoothed it with a plastic "club card" (the ones like a credit card). Then they pressed the shells into the grout and let it dry. Look at how cute this is!

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This week, we have a couple of awards to give out.

The "Best Craft by Kids" Award goes to the Toddler Name Art submitted by the House of Woyaks. This idea is super cute, and looks like a fairly easy way to let a toddler create a one of a kind piece of art for their room. I love that it is simple and easy for really little kids.



The "Editor's Choice" Award goes to the Beach Playscape posted by "Taming the Goblin," which is a super cute summer project! This one is a tiny scale beach that encourages play and exploration.



Thank you to everyone for your great submissions! If you were featured, please grab a button and display it with pride :)










It's time to link up for the Kid's crafts party :)

A few rules for the linky party:

1. Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

2. Grab the party button and post it on your blog or post so other people know about the party.

3. Please become a follower of Welcoming Spirit :) when you join the party.

4. Please do not add links that promote other giveaways, link parties or online shops. And please only add links for crafts that you have not submitted on Welcoming Spirit before.

The link party will start at 5:00am Thursday and end on Wednesday at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight on Welcoming Spirit. (I can't wait to highlight your work and give you credit and links back :)! Sharing with:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcoming Spirit Blog Hop #10: Through Sun and Rain

Welcome to Blog Hop #10!

Our home inspection went fairly well. There are always little things that come up, a lock that needs to be placed on the air conditioner, sliding doors that aren't working just right. And, sadly, the roof appears to need some work, probably before next winter when we hit our rainy season here in Northern California. Lucky for us, that means about 4 or 5 months before we need to get the work done. But since it's a short sale, the costs will sit with us.

For us this week, it's important to keep our eyes on the big picture. We may need to pay some up front costs for the house, but in the end we will have a home that is ours. In a way, I feel we're living in the midst of the quote I've chosen for the week:
"A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or it's lovely promise won't come true."

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It's time to link up and get hopping! Please share a post about your experiences below. If you'd like to support the hop and grab the code for your blog, that would make me smile, too :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekend Photos and We're off for a Home Inspection!

We had a great weekend, celebrating Mother's Day and picnicking with friends :)

Zoom found a new love of kites. My best friend Tammy got to be the one to introduce him to kite flying, which had me reflecting on our days as kiddos flying kites together. It was very sweet! Last night Zoom kept opening up one of his books to a picture of a kite, and waving his hand in the sky.


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For Mother's Day, we all went to Gilroy Gardens, which is a small amusement park. Here are Zoom and I on his first ride! The ride operator thought I was his older sister. True story!


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And now we're off for the Home Inspection. Wish us luck :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Kids Crafts Linky Party #13: Spring Plants, Seeds, and Felt Animals

We had a great week, with lots of very cool crafts :) Zoom and I got crafting this week, too, but we made gifts for Mother's Day, so we are going to wait to share them until next week so Nola and Granny Liz get to have a surprise! Thank you all for submitting your crafts, it was super hard to pick out the Editors Award this week. Let's check out some of the highlights!

This week, the most clicked craft was "Spill the Beans!" by Brittany at Crafty Mischief. This is n smart way to teach sorting skills, and I like that it takes, well, just a bag of beans and a muffin tin. After the beans were sorted, the kiddos made cute artwork with them on paper plates. :)



The Best Craft by Kids award goes to the Pumpkin Starter Seed Cups by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. These cute cups were made by her kiddos, and will be a neat way to watch plants grow throughout the summer. I'm sure they will be super excited when the little pumpkins begin to sprout, and even more thrilled when they have pumpkins in the fall :)



The Editor's Choice award goes to the Finger Puppets made by newcomer Dona of Sewing Miles of Smiles. These happy looking finger puppets are just perfect for playing with, and I know that Zoom would love them. I'm especially fond of felt crafts, probably because I had a bunch of felt animals as a child, myself.



If you were featured, please grab a button and display it with pride :)






It's time to link up for the Kid's crafts party :)

A few rules for the linky party:

1. Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

2. Grab the party button and post it on your blog or post so other people know about the party.

3. Please become a follower of Welcoming Spirit :) when you join the party.

4. Please do not add links that promote other giveaways, link parties or online shops. And please only add links for crafts that you have not submitted on Welcoming Spirit before.

The link party will start at 5:00pm Thursday and end on Wednesday at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight on Welcoming Spirit. (I can't wait to highlight your work and give you credit and links back :)!

What have you all been working on this week?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Welcoming Spirit Blog Hop #9: We Shall Get There One Day


Welcome to this week's blog hop. I found a quote that really speaks to me this week, and it's a quote about patience. Patience is one of those things that are very hard for me. We have been doing a lot of waiting these last few weeks, all for things around our new house to-be. It's a short sale, so there's lots of waiting. And it's the kind of waiting where waiting is really all you can do; nothing I can do can make a bank move faster, get an inspection done sooner, or cause people to get back to us. No, we just wait.


The good part of this waiting is that I've done a fair share of day dreaming and adding things to my Pinterest boards. You can check out my boards for Master Bedroom, Kitchen, and  For the Home. I dream of paint colors, of an oaken hardwood floor, of our plants thriving in their own yard.

Some of our waiting gets a reprieve tomorrow. We get to go see the house again, and we are meeting with a contractor to talk about knocking down a wall! (so maybe I watch a little too much HGTV, but a girl has dreams.) And redoing the floors and painting. Later I dream of opening up the kitchen to the dining room and living room. Later, much later.

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"Rivers know this; there is no hurry. We shall get there one day."  - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh













It's time to link up and get hopping! Please share a post about patience below. If you'd like to support the hop and grab the code for your blog, that would make me smile, too :)


Monday, May 7, 2012

My Weight Loss Challenge, and Reflecting on Rough Times

This week, one of my posts (about losing weight, regaining myself) is being featured on Emily Wierenga's blog "Chasing Silhouettes." I hope you'll take a moment to pop over and read that post :)

Since September of last year, I've lost about 21 pounds, as of my last weigh in (probably 2 weeks ago now). For those of you that like to use "The Biggest Loser" as a comparison for things, that's about 15.5% of my original weight. I'm a short woman, just 4'10".

Part of my journey has been relearning eating patterns after having been pregnant. That might sound odd, but I found that eating and food was a completely different situation for me when I was carrying Zoom. When I was pregnant, I was always fearful of getting hungry because my blood sugar would plummet, leaving me feeling just awful. I would routinely get up in the middle of the night and eat a cup of almonds, or string cheese, and I kept Cliff Bars with me all the time.

I'm sure that after I had Zoom, there was a psychological factor involved in why I continued to eat too much. I was trying to avoid feeling awful. Awful about the prolonged birthing process that I encountered, awful about not bringing him home with us, just awful. It was more than a brain can process. And I was constantly reliving every decision, wondering if I had done something wrong that resulted in Zoom's having to stay in the hospital for six days, wondering why I had not insisted that something be done say, after 2 days in labor.

But I can't question those things, as it's futile. I've learned to be OK with those things. Zoom is fine now, full of life, and love, and such a wonderful questioning toddler. His life and happiness, his funny way of embracing everything, well, that taught me to move on. I could be stuck in the past, I could sit questioning, or I could wake up and live for now. "Be here, now." (as Ram Dass might say.) I chose to do that. And with that, I chose to fight to be the person I want to be.

That's perhaps more than I've shared here before. But, in some way, I hope that it helps someone else. We all go through very difficult times, each of us in our own way experiences some kind of brokenness. I found a rock to cling to, a promise of great hope, often looking back at me in my little boy's eyes. All of life is a testament to overcoming the hard times. There is a lesson in every moment, all of it's sacred. We just have to look for the Holiness, the Promise, the Life in the hard moments, to see we are each cherished, loved, called by name, and that God delights in each one of us.

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Want to read more about my Weight Loss Challenge? Here are my posts, in order:
Losing Weight, Regaining Myself
It's a Miracle, a Quote from Boston Johnny
I am the Second Biggest Loser, It's Official
Happiness Project: Some Thoughts on Energy

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sunday Inspiration: The Lord is our sun and our shield

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Psalm 84:11
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday Kid's Crafts Linky Party #12: Crafts for Mother's Day

I've been seeing a bunch of super cute ideas for Mother's Day crafts and thought it would be a great week to share those with you. Mother's Day is just a week away :) so let's get crafting!

Footprint Butterfly
I need to find myself a frame so we can try this idea out. I sure hope Zoom doesn't mind getting paint on his feet :) I found this one on "It's a Strange and Lovely ride."
 

Hands and Hearts Card
Who could resist this simple card pattern? Just use your hands, or your child's hands, and include a sweet message for mom! I found this one one Pinterest, but it's from the Russian site Krokotak.com:


Our craft of the week last week was Pam's Recycled Cardboard Party Props. This post is full of creative ideas to use at a birthday or theme party; I love the triceratops cut out she made for her son's 5th birthday party :)


Congratulations to the Pam, please grab a button and display it with pride!







It's time to link up for the Kid's crafts party :)

A few rules for the linky party:

1. Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

2. Grab the party button and post it on your blog or post so other people know about the party.

3. Please become a follower of Welcoming Spirit :) when you join the party.

4. Please do not add links that promote other giveaways, link parties or online shops. And please only add links for crafts that you have not submitted on Welcoming Spirit before.



The link party will start at 10:24am Thursday and end on Wednesday at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight on Welcoming Spirit. (I can't wait to highlight your work and give you credit and links back :)!



What have you all been working on this week?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Welcoming Spirit Blog Hop #8: Becoming The Person You Were Meant to Be

Hi friends! It's time for the weekly blog hop! This week I thought I might introduce a theme or topic to help spawn new ideas. Maybe you have a post from awhile back that you'd like to share, that speaks to this topic? Or are moved to write something based on this quote? I'd love to have you share it :)

"The Person You Were Meant to Be"

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"Often, it's not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don't know how to be." - Heath L. Buckmaster

Looking for some other hops? Stop by a couple of other fellow Wednesday blog hops:  Winsome Wednesday at My Daily Walk in His Grace and Women Living Well Wednesdays.










It's time to link up and get hopping! Please share an inspiring or positive post below. If you'd like to support the hop and grab the code for your blog, that would make me smile, too :)




Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May Day

I was reminded of the May Day tradition of leaving flowers for friends and loved ones on this day, and wanted to leave a little bouquet for each of you. If I could leave these on your doorstep today, I would :)

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