It has been a difficult time, these last couple of years, but I remain thankful. I am thankful for my friends, for my family, for my job, for my home and for God in my life.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Everyone. Be Thankful!
I love this look. I love the boots and the vest. I decided to shop my closet and shop the sale racks at Belk's to attempt to duplicate this look. Here goes. Wish me luck…. First shop your closet. Great way to save money. I already had the stripped shirt. It even has little black elbow patches. I bought that on sale at Belk's weeks ago. Then shop the sale racks. I checked out every sale rack at Belk's to find the vest.
Got a good deal, on sale and I had a coupon:-)
The scarf I bought from a patient. Her niece developed this design for her college. Don't ask me what school, I don't remember. Down south somewhere. I wonder if my UNC fan daughters will be upset if I wear it??????:-) I don't usually wear scarfs so I will need to Google how to tie the scarf.
I already have 2 pair of boots. Both are "Vegan" leather, but thats ok.
I won't tell if you don't:-)
I know I need to become a Belk's affiliate but in the interim I will try to find some of these items on Amazon….
Finding Joy."40 Ways to Find Joy in Your Everyday Life" from the Huffington Post. #10
I try to seek out joy. I try to see God's Beauty even in the pain. With that in mind I decided to be deliberate about finding joy. On the Huffington Post web site there is an article that gives you 40 ways to find joy. I selected # 10 because I have already done it. I can't say it was for no reason though, it was halloween after all, but it sure was fun.
"10. Dress up in costume for no reason."
Dressing up for Zumba. What a great time with my friends….
Dressing up with Caleb on Halloween night. He was a Dragon Monster and I had a little headband with Frankenstein faces on it. We had a great time searching out candy in his neighborhood….
There is joy and beauty all around us. Sometimes we need to seek it out. Wishing you a joyful week. Kathiey
Monday Morning Motivation. "Broken in The Right Places" by Alan Nelson
Here are a few quotes from a book I am reading,
"Broken in the Right Places" by Alan Nelson.
Chapt. 1 & 2
"A breaking process, as it emerges in these pages, allows us the often painful opportunity to grow and reach a level of maturity which cannot otherwise be achieved"
"The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places"
"Almost everyone of us", says Gordon MacDonald, "will encounter some issue that introduces us to brokenness at a far greater intensity then we ever thought possible". "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. He heals the broken hearted. A divine romance exists between the broken and their Creator"
Alan places questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. I will answer two.
"Have you gone through specific wilderness periods you could refer to as times of brokenness? What were they?"
My husband leaving me unexpectedly after 37 years of marriage.
"How could a breaking process enhance one's relationship with God?"
I entered what I will call a pit of sorrow. Entering that type of emotional despair makes you realize just how much you need God in your life. I believe I have never relied so fully on God and his promises as I have during this time. He is my savior, my friend, my father. He is daily teaching me to lean on him to direct my path. He is bringing me back to a place of joy even in the confusion and pain.
Now that Halloween is over it is time to remove the ghosts and goblins from the front porch and go with more of a fall theme for Thanksgiving. After searching through Pinterest I found this cute little basket idea. This would look great on my front porch. So I need to look for a basket, a few pumpkins, some fall leaves, and a nice welcome mat.