Sunday, May 26, 2013

...and then life happened.

So you know how I said I was going to share a fun teacher gift in my next post?  This post?

Yeah.  About that.

My intention was to create these amazing fabric covered pots for Joe and Ava's teachers, in appreciation for all that they did for our family this year.  It honestly never feels like enough.  I've home schooled.  Two kids.  I know that I don't even have a clue how they do it.  I suddenly realized that both kids really wanted to participate in making their teacher's gifts this year, so at the last minute, we (I was) were forced to scale back all the expectations quite a bit. (Okay, completely. Ha!)  Fabric covered pots... weren't gonna happen.  So in the end, we ended up not doing what I originally planned to do but we came up with something simple and sweet, and though it's not horribly exciting, (like.. at all...) I'll share it here anyway because it's really cute and I said I would.  In my next post. (I also have a fun recipe to share from one of my sweet sponsors.  And it's healthy and my kiddos loved it.  Stay tuned)

I unplugged from everything on Friday night, with the exception of Pinterest and I feel like I'm coming back to the land of the living tonight.  Ha!  (I love flipping through Pinterest right before bed.  I have this theory that it inspires my creativity while I sleep.  Don't laugh.)
Anyway, it's about to get very random on ya.  Including random weekend photos.  I know how you like that. (grin)

Oh this weekend.  I can joyfully say things are good on this end of it.  However, it began with an afternoon from you-know-where on Friday, and the only good parts of it were that I got to have coffee with this blog friend, and lunch with my mama where we had major, deep, heart to hearts, and I felt loved to pieces by her, which is what mama's are all about, and it doesn't matter how old you are because you still need that sometimes.  

Flash forward thirty minutes later and everything kind of flipped upside down on us, one thing, right after another after another, after another.  (Don't worry, we're all ultimately going to be fine but I can't go into detail because little eyes read my blog, now and again. Savvy?)  We had our fair share of awful in the space of three hours where I was suddenly  in tears saying, "GOD, not ONE MORE THING!  Please!!"  I prayed this verse over and over-(Psalm 6:2-3) "Have mercy on me, Lord,  for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?"

And then my man walked in the door early, because we both knew that we needed to look into each others eyes and know that we were all going to be okay... and just about the time he would normally have been getting off work, an Interstate highway bridge that he crosses twice a day to work and back, collapsed.  It was in that moment that I knew God had answered my urgent prayers for help.  (Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt in the bridge collapse, FYI.) I just needed Adrain by my side and God knew that.  What a blessing. 

Because we needed a little light-hearted fun, we spontaneously invited some friends over after church for marshmallow roasting.  Adrain made those (gross) banana boats from his boy scout days (of course my man was a boy scout) (I don't like bananas much- even warm gooey ones with marshmallows and chocolate chips oozing out of them) (shudder) and then the kids ran and screamed and kept our neighborhood up late while they played flashlight tag in the dark for hours. 

This is random, but Ava and I decided very quickly, after reacting immediately and painfully to gluten last week, that nope, we're good.  We'll just stick to strictly gluten-free.  I made little GF pizzas for us this weekend.  Can I just share the best pizza ever here with you?  (I use frozen KinnickKinnick GF crusts.)  I brush them with olive oil (we aren't crazy about pizza sauce here.  I know.  Weird.) Then slice some fresh mozzarella.  Thinly sliced onion, chopped mango, crumbled bacon, chopped basil, sprinkling of gorgonzola cheese, freshly cracked pepper, and a light drizzle of balsamic glaze.  (we get ours from Trader Joes.)  Oh my heaven's.  Words can't describe. 

 I got a chance to work on some sweet things for my shop that will be listed this week...
 ... and worked on a project just for me! 

Ava made us these wonderful (and healthy pop sickles) that reminded me so much of childhood!  Except that we were poor so we got the orange juice in an ice cube tray with a tooth pick.  (Best pop sickles in the world.  Ha!) (She used light coconut milk in this recipe because it's what I had on hand.)

So... back to a bit of serious, in order to wrap up the weekend.

Here is what I know and I know it so deeply, it's like I can almost taste it.  God is good.  All the time.  Even in heartache and disappointment and confusion and loss and sadness, and really bad news, and sudden grief, and financial chaos that takes your breath away, and natural disasters, and tornadoes that rip your life out from under you, and cancer that takes a turn for the worst, and children that say things that rock you to your very core.  And any other moment that hits you upside your unsuspecting head in life. And we all have them.

"The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul." (Psalm 23:1-3a NIV)  "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."(Hebrews 10:35-36) 

Persevere and He will give you rest.  There is nothing like pressing IN when the world is pressing DOWN.  I am so thankful for that truth.  It's the only way.  It takes a hopeless moment and breathes joyful hope right back into it.  

I'd say that's how you make lemonade alright.  (grin)

miscellany monday at lowercase letters


  1. Sounds like the roller coaster of life! Focus on the blessings, and you'll be awright... ;0)

  2. Wow, I so needed to read this...had my own little meltdown about school ending and having to deal with a teenager obsessed with the boyfriend...I know I can't handle it, but God can and will. So glad you had a good weekend and your man was safe, yes God is good, even in the middle of all that doesn't look good. ...and the one the Lord loves rests securely between His shoulders...Deut 33:12

  3. I heard about the bridge collapse. So glad Adrain is safe, and got home early to you that day. A real GOD-THING! Thinking of you, and hoping all is well. Don't ever give up the "random" posts, for they are the most REAL. Love you girlie! xo ~Sally

  4. God always seems to let us know whether we're ok or not, so gald that Adrian is safe and you were able to have some well deserved fun.

  5. Thinking of you amidst your life's turmoil. All will be well.

    Have made those pots myself before with the fabric cut in small-ish triangles or squares. A bit different effect but far more kid-friendly.

    Silent prayer and breeeeeeeathe.

  6. so grateful your man made it home before the bridge collapsed. amazing protection.
    so glad no one was seriously injured.
    life is sooo fragile..reading this post reminded me of that very hard truth.
    thankful we are in the palm of God's hands always.

    love all the randomness...I linked up with Carissa, too. first time. :)

  7. I read about that bridge...I had no idea you were so close to it though! I am soooo glad that Adrain made it home safe and sound. :)

  8. Love your miscellany random musings. I especially love the pizza and plan to give it a try. Looks wonderful!

  9. So glad your man is safe! O and that pizza looks divine :)


  10. thankful for you and your open heart. He will answer your desires... i believe it. so glad you had a fine weekend, anyway, in the midst of discouragement. afterall, you are the lemonade makin mama. : ) that pizza! yes, please!!

  11. you had me at OJ and toothpicks!
    you mean we were't the only ones?..ha ha!
    we got our fire pit done so i am anxious to cook something in it
    love this post your heart as always
    press in while the world presses down..kinda getting used to that...:)
    praying deep in your heart you know that you know..He's got this!