Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kids, housey-house, and my shop, Oh MY!

My hoodlums are ending their year in the category of "awesome."  Last week, Joe performed a solo on the bass for Orchestra (I didn't take a photo because I was too far back in the audience) and did a great job!  Ava placed first in the triple jump, (look at those ballerina legs. They blow me away.) out of all the 5th grade girls in the city-wide track day.  I could burst.  She is performing in her ballet recital tomorrow night and I know it's going to be precious, though I could literally go years without ever hearing Enya's "Sail away" song ever again.  It haunts me at two am, and plays in my head the rest of the night. Ha!

I just keep chanting "We are out on Tuesday... we are out on Tuesday." Never been more ready.

 My mother's day gift of subway tile is finished.  I never want to leave my kitchen.  My man knows me deep down, in my very core and knows exactly how to bless my socks off. I might have wept at one point.

I made an art print that rocked my world.  Well, it was actually Adrain's idea.  I told him that I really wanted to make some kind of poster sized artwork that read, "you are just my type."  He suggested that I use the image from one of my typewriter prints... well, yeah. I loved it so much that I listed it for YOU just in case your heart had the same pitter patter that mine did and I am offering it for the first time ever, as a poster, on thick, delicious poster board material.  It's amazing.

(My 30% off sale is still going and Wednesday is the final day you can use the coupon code "SUMMERLOVE" for that discount so make sure and use it peeps!)

You can shop here.

 Now. Do y'all follow me on Instagram? Cause I'm there... and I love it.  I know that I Instagram way too much according to the "experts" but it's my fave so I don't really care about the "rules."  I could give up all forms of social media and blogging in an instant (more on that later as I've been chewing on a new "plan" for myself and some changes are taking place in a month or so like maybe getting rid of comments completely? I'll want to chew on that with you and get your thoughts) but I'd cry if I had to give up Instagram.  I would.  Here's some of the daily moments that I shared lately....  including what I said on Instagram, in italics... and some commentary from right now, below that. 
"Isaiah 58:11" The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." {Desperate for this promise and His encouragement this weekend as we still wait on our car issues.} {Trusting His plan -3 weeks and counting...}"

God is good.  All the time.  Yes, He is.  My life is proof. This was an old picture but a verse I stumbled up on about a week ago. 

"Heading off to work in my mama's car. We should be back in our own cars this weekend after a month of breakdown nonsense! Praising God for miracles... and for all your orders from my shop! Y'all love sales..and I love you! ♡ Thank you for blessing us so deeply."

(Okay we have another week of borrowing but things should level back out to some form of "normal" this time next week.  Praise the Lord.)

 "Cleaning out desks...found this treasure from Christmas after graduation in 1994. Spiral perm anyone? #crazyhair #highschoolsweethearts"

Found this when I was moving my studio into the guest room.  (We won't even talk about my pre-child-bearing hips in these itty bitty levis.  My goodness.  I wish I could smack some "You're not fat sense" right into this curly headed ninny. For crying out loud.)

 "They weren't even on their tip toes for this shot!!!!! I am going to be the shortest one in this family soon. Bah!"
(The hips were worth giving up for these.  They really were.  Still... wish I'd enjoyed them just a bit more.  But- I sure like myself better here.  It was a journey worth taking.)

"Yeah. My favorite way to pass the time!!"  

Can we talk about how much I love my new job working for a professional organizer?  I love the ladies I get to work with and the clients are amazing.  It's been such a perfect thing.  I feel myself bursting constantly, at the way God blesses and works it all out.  I told my boss, as I was working on styling these shelves with my coworker, that I'm pretty sure "this would be what heaven was going to be like for me"... and she laughed and said she wished she could put some of my quotes on facebook.  I love my new job. Have I mentioned that yet? So fun!

"My devo today was on this verse and I took it as a promise of encouragement; "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed" (Joel 2:25-26, NIV)"
And then a miracle happened and God made everything right again.  It took us four weeks of praying and hoping and reconfiguring things but it is all working out, and someone out there needed to hear that, I think.  He's got it. Whatever it is.  He will repay the years the locusts have eaten.  I'm going to paint that right into my journal this week.  Because it was a promise and I took it as such that morning.  

Hours later, I wept as I felt Him whisper, "See?  I will repay.... beloved.

I think I could feast on that truth for a really long time.  Well, probably until the next crisis if I'm totally honest.  Then I'll most likely panic and question it all again.  I don't want to... but I often revert to that.

Regardless of my mistakes...  I hope you are encouraged today.  He's got it and He will repay those years.  Hold fast to that.

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  1. Hi Sasha! I am so thankful that the Lord is working everything out for you! I love how he takes care of things in just the right timing!

  2. So thrilled that everything is coming together for you. And, the pics are awesome!!! Love the closeup of you. And, I DO hope you will not turn off your comments. That's how bloggers build relationships and encourage one another. ~just my thoughts~ Blessings for a wonderful Lord's Day!

  3. Oh girl that tile looks amazing!!! Can't wait for that day. I would have wept too. And I feel the same way lately with blogging. I need to put something up but what used to just be a part of my every day feels like work now and an after thought. I don't want to give it up but it's taken such a backburner. I never thought it would happen. Strange. Love you girlie. So glad you are living life now. God is gooooood.

  4. Beautiful verses , beautiful kids, beautiful attitude, beautiful home........and I love your kitchen flooring. What is it?

  5. Beautiful home and congrats on getting these pretty prints posted in your shop! I know it takes lots of time and effort! So glad to follow you through this blog :) ~ Adrienne @

  6. Great photos of your cute kids, sparkling home, the subway tile looks fantastic. Would love to hear more about your new professional organizing job, sounds so fun. Happy last day of school!

  7. I'm late to this party, but first, would you please PLEASE take a trip south of the Mason Dixon line to help me with paint colors/design for MY kitchen? Yours looks so amazing and I'm paralized by all the choices of "white" paint... LOL!

    As for the comments, I'd read whether we could do comments or not. I just like your blog. So whatever works for you works for me! :)

  8. Lovely kitchen, Sasha. I am impressed and slightly envious that you received the tiles for Mother's Day and they are up! I received a similar gift and it is still sitting in the same spot, waiting to be installed. Araghghgh!

  9. Wow! I love that subway tile! I am really wanting to put some tiling up in my kitchen, but since I rent I need to get some that aren't permanent. Hmrph.

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  10. love catching up on your sweet blog.
    i laughed out loud at what you'd say to your younger-pre-birthing-hipped-self.
    i'd say quite a bit to my younger self too. i was a zero for crying out loud. a zero. and i thought i was fat. geeeeez louise.
    we had problems!

    those littles are not so little anymore...they're about to be taller than you!
    Luke is 2-3 inches taller than me. YIKES! who does he think he is?