encouraged me. This is so random there is no way to really say it with any kind of lead-in... it was an article talking about the greatest mistakes women make when aging. (for the record I'm 37 1/2) Among other things, it was reminding those of us approaching or experiencing our 40's (or 50's) to not think we should/could still use the same beauty products we used in our twenties. But the thing that stuck... was when it also reminded women veering toward these mid-life decades to quit comparing your own self to your twenty year old self. Don't compare your shape, your body, your energy, your whatever... to the "you" you once were. Not that you can't be tons better... because to be honest I'd love to go back and give my twenties a bit of a do-over in places, but there are things I do look back on and wish for again. (Or wish I'd appreciated more in that season of life. Amen?!) It was so encouraging because it reminded me that we are supposed to change. We aren't supposed to stay exactly the same... better or worse, change happens. I have no idea why that encouraged me. But it did.
I bawled. I'm not going to lie. I've never considered trust to be anything other than anticipating it would go as you expected. I even tell my kids, "You can trust me. If I say I will pick you up at school, you can trust that I will be there." Pete Wilson, the author says, "...trusting in God does not mean God shows up for you exactly the way you thought He was going to show up. Trusting God doesn't mean His timing is going to be your timing."
(Sometimes I need that reminder.)
Also. My eyelashes fall out when I get into a very stressful situation. They have to go through a weird falling out cycle where I literally end up losing almost every single eyelash over a period of time until a whole new set finally grows back in. Basically I have bald patches over my eyes for months after deep stress. Thankful that kind of stress rarely finds me... but we had one moment back in early December with our sweet boy. Many of you know what I'm referring to and it scared the life out of me. My eyelashes won't be back to normal for another couple of months... I look freakishly hysterical. My friends are being very sweet and telling me it's not that bad. They lie well. Ha!
(I always wonder if anyone else experiences this weird phenomenon.)
sunshine in a box. It literally spilled bright, happy fun all over my household for the entire weekend. My kids were so excited and said, "You have the best blog friends mama!!" (As they devoured peanut m&m's from Miss Jennifer. Thank you girl! You couldn't have sent something more perfect...or at a more perfect time, and it blessed us like crazy. You will honestly never know.)
tremendous thank you to everyone who cleaned out my shop this weekend! All the new items are completely gone, with the exception of prints, a few remaining napkin sets and one lone pennant banner. I promise to make more of everything as we go along, and I do have some other new items in the works of course, but I am so blessed to be creating custom hoops for those of you who missed out. I'll be focusing on that this week!! What a fun chore.
It felt like I was gift wrapping surprises for my dearest friends as I packaged up your orders and recognized your names and sweet comments!
happy embroidering for y'all!
How was your weekend?!