"BUT MARY TREASURED UP ALL THESE THINGS AND PONDERED THEM IN HER HEART." LUKE 2:19
~ things i love with a capital P ~
PERSPECTIVE, pottery barn patio furniture displays, practically all track jackets, putting my hope in Christ alone, photography, pistachio nuts, parenting as a privilege, pairs of cute sunglasses, painful times deepening friendships, pink bubblegum ice cream (by the pint), perseverance, practical jokes, people, people i can trust, plumeria flowers, pearl earrings that were my grandma's, pantene smooth vitality conditioner, plopping clutter into the trash, pigtails all messed up after naptime on my girls, purel hand sanitizer, painting walls with color, pouring into people's lives, plush blankets, prioritizing, polished nails, pharmacies with 24hr drive-thrus, places where palm trees survive winter, packing away my 2009 "calendar", pacific northwest mountains & rivers, pie plates with fluted edges, purpose, puppies named bronson, preferring the word pacing vs. procrastinating, people who love to say i'm sorry more than they love to hear it, pocket-sized butterfingers, phone calls with special friends, piano music, patterned scarves, practicing not to presume things, planting flowers in pots, passion, penne pasta, panda bears reminding me of my love for HK & japan, pillows that are just right, praise & worship freeing people of pride & insecurities, paying for starbucks coffee with gift cards, putting on my running shoes, pomegranate mixed drinks, putting off dishes till company leaves, purses filled with lipgloss, people who can be vulnerable, parties for every occasion, politeness, plane rides to far away places, popcorn that's air-popped, paul marrying stephanie, pedicures, peaceful homes, price tags with a clearance sticker on them, pre-recorded tv watching, poverty prompting compassion, pieces of angel food cake & strawberries for breakfast, peeking in on my girls while they sleep, products from bath-n-body works, packs of trident spearmint gum, people who can laugh & be witty when life gets hard, paper plates in bulk, papa murphys garlic spinach chicken artichoke de-lite pizza, pretending my girls and i wrote 'put your arms around me' by natasha bedingfield for each other & singing/dancing to it each night after work to remind me to put grace & humor in EVERYTHING (towards myself & them) or it will feel like a really long work week, a very short life, and an inevitable amount of colorful language exposure that i couldn't possibly blame all on the playground...............
* i live for a God who's
madly in love with people.specifically:ME!
* i believe laughing is an untapped
* i believe life's about BALANCE.
* i believe mercy & humor
r the trendiest accessories u
can put on (runner
up: my kids wrapped around my legs & heart)
*i believe charming to be a deceptive & red flag quality.
* i believe life's sweeter when i
see the glass half full.
* in my heart i slap a label
across the foreheads of special
people who i can count on to help
me see said glass as such when
things get hard & i need to
shove life's hurts & pain into a
LAKE (or kick 1st in the teeth w/ high heels-then into lake. it
* While i still confess to being a directionally challenged
found i never get lost
on my way to the "LAKE" ~accessible at the foot of the cross by anyone~ even in my orange sweats, pink zags hat & without consulting Mapquest... "Thank you GOD for my kick boxing skills. i love u. i'm yours."
(Eden's 1st day of Kindergarten) This is my picture journal of life with my monkeys. Eden JoLee was born Dec. 2002 and there are no other words to describe her other than~ "just too good to be true" ~ i've sung that song to her since the day i knew i would meet her b/c she was & still is the best Christmas surprise. I dressed her in a Christmas Stocking & got to open gifts on Christmas in the hospital with her that year. Hallé Claire has had "You are my Sunshine" sung to her since I knew I 'd meet her because she JUST IS my sunshine! She also happened to be born on the hottest & sunniest day of the summer; July, 2006. The day I got to bring her home it was 107 degrees. It was a special memory to celebrate her arrival with Hawaiian Shaved Icees & Pink Bubble Gum Ice Cream.!
Colossians 1 18-20
"he was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. from beginning to end he's there, towering far above everything, everyone. so spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross."