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I feel like we need to start with the "etc." part of this post. Didn't want to write this one. Wish I had never told anyone anything and could lick my wounds in private... but that goes against everything I am and it's not likely to ever change. So yeah. Not Ohio bound after all. I'm not going to lie, we are sad. Really, really, really sad. Happy to have a job in this economy, God always provides even when things shouldn't on paper, sure He has something better, life goes on, and yada, yada, yada... I know.
But this move finally made sense in my heart. I had surrendered in every way I thought possible. Last month, (before this was on the horizon) I even recycled an entire house's worth of cardboard boxes from our near-move three years ago. That took a lot of faith, let me tell you. (Because do you know how hard it is to scour your city for moving boxes, label them so carefully, pack a house, have it fall through in the final moments, unpack the house, break down every box, stack them neatly on a high shelf in your garage and then look at them every time you get in the car for the next couple of years? I let them go. It felt significant.) I joked, "Okay so now that I surrendered my boxes... I bet we'll move." We laughed. And then this opportunity showed up. For seventeen years my man has been chirping in the background about the
Cleveland area since that's where his company headquarters were. For
the first time in all those years I surrendered and got excited about moving far away. Hopeful. A fresh start. Could taste it. Not to be.
I am tired of asking for "no's." I have prayed for my man to love what he does, love the commute, love the paycut, love all that he lost with this current transfer. Prayed for it to mean something. Prayed for it to eventually make sense. Prayed for a contentment to settle over us as we struggle. We feel deeply in our hearts that this isn't long-term and I've prayed for that feeling to go away if it's wrong. Prayed that we would stop looking/feeling/acting/talking like flakes. We didn't used to be flakes.
And yet I praise Him for all of the "no's." All of them. I've cried over every single one... but I thank him through the tears and I praise Him with a lead-weighted heart. I worship Him in the "this makes no sense."
I know that everything will be alright in the end... so if it's not alright... it's not yet the end. As I wrestle with all of this early in the morning, it seems almost silly in light of what some are facing and losing on the East Coast with the storm. As I share my heart, I don't mean to minimize other struggles in any way. Please know that, and my deepest prayers are with you all over there being affected.
Fabulous Feature (and giveaway) but it was raw, fresh as of early this morning, and makes sense in my heart to turn this around now with a sweet ending.
Let's give something wonderful away. Shall we? Yes.
Amber from Half Pint Prints is offering today's giveaway. I have to tell you, I love her things and it's a joy to share her talent with you guys for my first Fabulous Feature!! She makes the cutest holiday greeting cards you ever did see, announcements of every kind, birthday invitations and of course, darling prints. Plus, she is a sweetie to work with (I can totally vouch for that) so you know you'll get attention to detail, customization, and that special personal touch that is missing in so many places. I love that she gives the option of sending her prints on an e-file so you can print it right away! Instant gratification. Everything she comes up with is lovely. And colorful. And her patterns are trendy and fresh.
her prints scattered around my house as I write. (This one is my all time favorite so far and cozies up next to our guest room bed. It's a precious reminder and always makes me smile big. Amber was really sweet and customized the color of the heart for me. She's nice like that.)
or a stack of 25 printed 5x7 cards in your choice-birthday invitations, announcements, or holiday greeting cards.
Tough choice, I know.
In order to enter this giveaway please pop over (here) to Amber's little store and leave a comment on this post, letting us know what item is your very favorite! (And yes you can Pin, tweet, Facebook, IG, or blog about this for an extra entry- just be sure to leave an additional comment HERE, letting me know.)
And if you need something of hers right now... she is also offering a 20% discount if you use the code LMM20 in her shop, when you check out, between now and Thanksgiving. I told y'all she was a sweetie.