VDay 2014

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I love Valentines Day. I know its cheesy. You know I’m cheesy. Should make sense to you.
Here are the Valentine’s I made for the kids teachers. Scentsy Layers Hand Soap (French Lavendar and Satin Sheets) and found the cute tag (free printable!) here.
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Shepherd’s class party was yesterday. “We” made these cool light saber valentines for his friends. Free Printable here.
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Sticking with the glow-stick idea, LK’s valentines I just printed off myself.
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Normally I would have decorated a little bit more but we are leaving town today so I had to limit myself to a few streamers and hearts!
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And our tradition of heart shaped french toast! (Except this year, I am trying ideas from the Deceptively Delicious Cookbook so these actually have sweet potato purees in them …. and were DIVINE!!).
photo (42) And even though we are technically waiting for our Valentines date till next week, my sweet man gave me a card and had my kids give me one too!!!
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“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ lay down his life for us.” 1 John 3:16
Happy Valentines Day!
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Loss And Hope And Shiny Faces

Last night, before I went to bed I listened to a sermon online from a former pastor of mine. It was one of my favorites that he preached. One of those that was a real-deal life changer for me. I remember the exact place I was sitting when I originally heard it and I remember the conversation I had with Kyle on the way home from church on that Sunday in September. And every time since that sermon that I have heard mention or come across this passage of scripture, I remember that sermon.
The sermon was on Exodus 33 & 34 and I’ll sum up the life changing part for you in two points:
– As God’s people, do we love God or do we love God’s stuff (goodness, love, peace, security, etc…)?
– After spending time in the presence of God we are physically changed.
Four months after that sermon was preached, I found myself in the middle of a deafening season of loss. There was literally one loss stacked on top of another. And right in the middle of that heavy stack was one of the most tender losses I have yet to experience.
Four years ago today, I lost my Grandmother.
And as I sat in my chair this morning reading a post my dad had written on the day she died, I felt a nagging choice rising up in my heart.
Hope or Despair? Hope or Despair? Hope or Despair?
…..more people are going to die.
Hope or Despair?
……that’s my future: more loss.
Hope or Despair?
……There is no escaping it. More people will die.
Hope or Despair?!
….It’s inevitable. Death.
Hope or Despair?!

Lord. Help.


I love YOU, Lord. I choose you. 
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed. His compassions are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I will say to myself, “THE LORD IS MY PORTION“, therefore I will wait for Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (emphasis mine).
Hope my face is shiny today. I bet my Grandmother’s is.

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