Rose of Sharon

Summer is here in Arkansas.. A small.. super small part of me loves summer... I love summer through my daughters eyes... Most of the summer our weather has been in the 90's; which is kind of odd because usually by now Arkansas is well into the 100 degree weather. I will take it though with no gripes from me..You don't know how much cooler 90 is than 100 when you have a year like last year and we had something like 27 straight days of 100 degree or over 100 degree heat. Yuck!

One thing I always love about summer is my beautiful Rose of Sharon tree. When it blooms it puts out the most beautiful purple flowers. Not much can compare. This past winter we had a pretty good ice storm which made my Rose of Sharon lean pretty bad.. we think she might be leaning to far.. it seems that the big stalk of root at the bottom is coming up..but you know what.. I pray...This crazy lady prays for her Rose of Sharon tree. I sure don't want to lose it or it's beauty that it adds to my yard.

When it starts to bloom it is the first thing I notice when I pull up in the yard. Lyla loves it too. In these pictures she is checking out all the blooms and how pretty they are. The bumble bees love it too!!

Even though she's leaning.. and doesn't stand as straight and tall as she used to.. This Rose of Sharon is still loved and hopefully we can fix her.

If you know anything about trees.. or how I could possibly fix my Rose of Sharon ..
PLEASE... let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page.
I'm a praying lady...but I'm not a very good gardening lady.


My baby graduated!

This little girl graduated preschool!!
Wow...where did all that time go?
The above picture was the start of her last year at preschool and of course the below picture is her graduation picture. Her teacher told me that she grew 2 inches this year between August and May. She has done so great in school this year. Her teacher, Ms Ramona, was amazing! I couldn't have asked for a better last year of preschool. I have thoroughly enjoyed being at school with her but come this August she will venture out on her own. I'm not OK with that right now.. hopefully God will help me get peace with that before the time comes to let her go. She is more than ready to go to Kindergarten; thanks to Ms Ramona. She is reading pretty fluently. She can count as high as you want her to. She is adding and subtracting. I'm amazed.
I know that once I let this baby girl go in August to start a new journey it will seem like a blink of an eye when I'm comparing this bottom picture to her Senior Graduation picture. I am NOT ready for that...at all!  


Sunday Worship 5.4.14

I love Sundays.
It is family time...God time.. rest time.

My favorite part of church is worship.
Worship is when God shows up...
Worship is when miracles start happening...

And with our state recently going through the tragedy of tornadoes ripping through homes ..
people having to rebuild their lives after the storm...
This song is a great reminder that Christ Alone.. is our Cornerstone...
and through the Storm..
He is LORD!
Lord of all!

Hope you have a blessed Sunday!


Planner Nerdness

I've totally fallen off the deep end in the planner nerdness craze.
I've secretly always had a planner..but now all the nerds have come together and made it cool!! Yay!!

Writing things down helps me to remember them...It is the way I studied for tests in school...It is how I took notes during lectures in college.. I have to write to process...which is why I love blogging.

So now that I can come out of the planner closet.. I am so excited to say that I have a DayTimer Family Plus that I write literally everything in...It is like my "pre-scrapbook"

Take a look:

Enough for now.
I don't want to overwhelm you.

I do plan on posting more about my planner *now that us nerds have banned together*

**If you have any questions about my planner or the supplies I used to decorate my planner leave them in the comments and I will get back to you!! Thanks for stopping by!!!


Do you have the faith of a four year old?

Coming home from a birthday party my daughter was playing with a glow stick in the back seat that was included in a treat bag.
My husband and I were talking about our plans for the rest of the day and weekend when all of a sudden I hear from behind me,

"Mom! I bit it and it's leaking!"

Instant panic came over me.
I told my husband to slow down so he wouldn't miss the interstate in case this turned out bad..

I started frantically searching for the package of that glow stick praying that it said,


Moving stuff around in the car, trying to remember where I lazily threw the empty package...I was freaking...silently...but freaking!

All the while; my daughter is screaming,

"MOM, Pray for me!"

I wasn't listening to her,
I didn't have time
I'm still searching for a package

She continued:

"MOM, Pray for me!
Just pray for me...Please
Pray for me!"

Then God stopped me right in my panic...
WHY is my four year old telling ME to stop and pray?

Shouldn't I be showing her how to stop and pray in a situation that you have no control over?

I remembered John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it

What was I thinking?
Where had my faith gone.. in a regular, real life moment?

The first thing I thought to do was frantically search for a package..
The first thing my daughter thought to do was pray

She was never worried about the package..She was only worried about why mom wasn't praying for her immeadiately.

So I ask you:
Do you have the faith of a 4 year old?
Do you go to prayer first?
Do you solely depend on God, not just for big prayers you pray .. but for regular, real  life moments?

I humbly say...I didn't have the faith of a four year old that day..
but now I thank God for putting my daughter in my life to teach me the simple dependence on prayer that sometimes I guess an adult forgets about.

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4 ESV)

**This is a post that I had written and had on the schedule but never got around to publishing it.. Going back through my blog thinking that I really would love to start regularly scheduling blog posts..and found this.. and had to hit the publish button...