A Gift For Myself (Unveiling)

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…
Today should always be our most wonderful day.
~Thomas Dreier

Hi, my friends. I am so excited to share with you this special one of a kind necklace that has been made for me to signify my one year blogging journey. I had to unveil it and share because it is significant to me and I knew you would so appreciate seeing it! 

I am not really a “jewelry” person but I had made up my mind that I would get something special to wear to acknowledge my accomplishment & commitment, just for myself. Nothing extravagant, yet I love so many of the creations I have seen as I have met photographers, painters, and various mixed media artists this year. I knew that one would be able to help me by creating a reflective token with my blog as the inspiration. 

Sure enough, Becky Strahle of Farmgirl Paints has made this beautiful necklace for me.

I sent my specifications, which were pretty sketchy -not literally!.
I trusted her to create something unique
using what she felt reflected the blog when she visited. 
Orange is my fave color and she added the little bead as a special touch.
The white beads remind me of the purity of Christ.

Becky has so many exquisite items, and I am grateful she was so willing, able and up to the task of working with me to design this reasonably priced, beautiful token.

My Birthday is not until next month, but I consider it an early gift to myself. 
From my husband.
Hee, Hee.

Stop by and see this creation as well as her many other wonderful 
offerings at her Etsy Shop!

Perhaps, you might request she create something for 
your next Milestone-Celebration!

The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, 
which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.
~Storm Jameson

While we are living in the present,
 we must celebrate life every day, 
knowing that we are becoming history with every work, 
every action, every deed.
~Mattie Stepanek

Celebrating Susie: Recovering Church Lady Celebration Day!

Susie and her Hub- I love this picture!

Today is my dear friend Susie’s TWO year Blogoversary! 
I thought it would be fun to have a special Toast for Her to help her celebrate.
Although Susie and I have never met in person (yet).
We have lots in common.
1. We like each other. Lots.
2. We know Jesus loves us and we love to share Him.
3. We love to write.
4. We do not like phony baloney stuff, we cut to the chase.
5. We both live in the USA. On opposite coasts. So we are kinda coast to coast friends.
6. Our husbands work for large chain “home improvement” (competing) places, 
which shall remain unnamed. 
7. We Co-Host a Blog Hop: Random Journal Day 
which was inspired by a post Susie wrote before (I think) I was even blogging!
8. We both have dogs we love and who somewhat run our lives. 
Pretty much.
9. I am pretty sure if we got together we would be laughing a lot, 
since I find myself smiling and laughing through our e-mails, 
blog posts and Facebook sharing!
10. We are Sisters In Christ and that’s the best kind to be!

I also love and appreciate Susie because whenever 
I have a grammatical question, bloggy dilemma or need prayer she is on it.
Thanks, Susie!

Read about her “coolness” and grace HERE or Here!
Or just click on her button below and you can check out all of her there!

Susie just makes the Blogosphere a better place by shining here!
Thank you, Lord for Susie Klein: The Recovering Church Lady!

Go on over and wish her a 
Happy Blogoversary will you?

Celebrating One Year Of Blogging!

The White Water Rafting Trip that changed the direction of my life…at least
in the realm of writing. It was this adventure followed by my injury that
brought me to the Blogosphere!

Get your own free Blogoversary button!
Well indeed it is officially my one year Blogoversary.
You are probably sick of hearing it but I thought I would push the limits and 
say it again whoohoo!
 Instead of linking up tomorrow for Multitudes on Mondays
it seemed appropriate to count my gifts to one thousand a day early on my Blogoversary.
142. the unfathomable ways of God
143. an unanticipated journey
144. white water rafting memories as fresh and wet as the day we lived them
145. God whispers softly, but loud enough for those who take time to listen…at last
146. One amazing year of pain transformed, poured out, offered up, accepted as blessing
147. First comments from other Bloggers (who I did not know) : Beth and Denise
148. First comments from supportive friends
149. The High Calling, Fellowship of Christian Bloggers and Faithful Bloggers
all for supporting Christian Bloggers and giving us a place to springboard and connect!
150. a journey of forgiveness- victorious
151. knowing what one did for evil, God used for good
152. My free Blog Makeover – how else would this Blog be so beautiful?
Thank you God, for allowing someone to gift
me that beautiful gift to share and enjoy with all!
153. A praying, encouraging friend…who read all my posts and reminded me constantly
that she believed in God’s gift in me: Lauree
154. A treasured Bloggy BFF…Pam
155. joy and friendship in the bloggy world
156. so many inspiring women, so little time…
157. the surprising “Yes” to requests for interviews
158. courage that grows from crushed fear and minced doubt. Praise Him!
159. Followers all
160. fellowship and kingdom work in the least likely places
161. His Kingdom is not limited to here and now
162. A partner and kindred spirit on the West Coast: Susie
163. the journey continues, blossoms, grows, shoots out
164. His ways are better…
165. the joy I feel whenever I share His heart in me here!
166. A prayerful endeavor: The Bloggers Prayer Project
167. You
168. knowing that all He allows is not without purpose
169. endless possibilities
170. the fairy tale continues…His story- my life!
171. Casey – “The Guide ” (ie. God Reflector)

The Journey that inspired my journey: The River, The Journey And The Guide
The Injury that sealed the deal: Am I Thankful

Thanks for making my one year of blogging…AMAZING!

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