Useful, Nourishing and Needed

You Are More Fortunate InfographI shared this infograph on my Facebook wall a few weeks back. There was no attribution, no link back, no nothin’.

One of my friends said, “That’s from Jen Hatmaker’s book ‘Interrupted’.”

I’m so thankful she shared that info. I’ve been sucked into reading Interrupted and 7 by Mrs. Hatmaker, and each have been profound and thought provoking to me.

We’ve made some decisions recently that have really made us sit down as a family and look at our finances. These decisions have been hard, but oh so good for us.

Just like God always does, each of these things came at the perfect time. Our financial decisions have opened our eyes to things we blindly throw money at. Reading “Interrupted” and “7” have made it even more clear how hardened and “normal” our consumer mindset is.

And again, just like God always does, he provided another example of how sharing your “wealth” can have an impact on those less fortunate.

I’ve mentioned before we sponsor kiddos from Compassion International. One of those kiddos is Napanu from Africa.

Compassion International child Napanu

Sweet Napanu

We provided $20 (or something miniscule like that) for her birthday present. This week we got a letter from Napanu thanking us for the present. She said it included:

  • Two chickens
  • A dress
  • (Plastic?) sheet
  • Food

What we would have spent on a drive through McDonalds or a shirt at JCPenneys, was instead used for something USEFUL and NOURISHING and NEEDED.

Thank you Jesus.


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Let’s do this!

I have conned convinced some co-workers to tackle a new project with me.

We’re going to read and study together Lysa Terkeurst’s book “Made to Crave.”

Made to Crave book art

I’ve already started reading, and it’s quite a different way to think about dieting. In fact, it’s not really about dieting. It’s about filling your craving for food (alcohol, money, TV, work, whatever!) with God instead of that “thing” that’s not filling anything (except for the waistband on my pants).

It’s a great way to think about life. It makes me think, “Why am I wanting to eat two helpings of pasta when a plate will do?” I’m slowing down to think about what’s going in my tummy and why I feel the need to eat what I do.

Lysa is open and honest in that it’s not an easy thing to do. I’m hoping that a group of us can keep each other accountable. I can yell “cheater!” when they talk about snacking after 9 p.m. They can say “What!?” when I tell them I had a whole small pizza by myself. OK…hopefully we’ll be a little more supportive than that, but I know these girls are ornery.

If you’re in the same boat, jump on board and let’s do this journey together!

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Friday Fun

Happy Good Friday everyone! It’s a weekend to spend thanking God for the many blessings he bestows on us.

It’s a beautiful and sunny day today, and it sounds like the weather will be lovely for the Easter weekend.

For some Friday fun, I wanted to share this hilarious video that’s started popping up from Midwest Dairy. I giggled the whole time I watched. Enjoy!

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I have  been majorly missing in action when it comes to my blog. Happy to say I am finished with my master’s degree program and now have a lot more time to devote to fun stuff.

I was fortunate to take some time off this week and browse our unique thrift stores. I’m happy Manhattan is starting to get more shops like these. I find I would much rather have something used, with a little personality, instead of something I get straight off a store shelve.

This week I got a ton of stuff for not a lot of dough.


For those Manhattanites or anyone who lives close, these are some my favorite stops:

Some new ones that I really, really love (in fact the goodies above came from these two spots are):

And you can’t ever go wrong with the Goodwill store. It’s always very clean, organized (think rows and rows of clothes all in color order), and new stuff all the time. There is also Grandma’s Trunk, and a newer place that just opened across the highway.

If you’ve got some regular haunts, let me know!

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It’s Friday! Woo Hoo!

It’s Friday! What makes this day even better? I have the whole day off PLUS Monday. WOO HOO!

You know what makes it even better? The house got cleaned yesterday so me and Mr. Fry are enjoying the day in a spotless house. Can I say WOO HOO again!?

I started the day working on my paper for class.

computer and papers

Getting so close to turning in my literature review.

The weather is turning cold so Mr. Fry and I are warming up around the fireplace.


dog on couch

And now I’m going to curl up, watch a scary movie and practice on embroidery work.

Embroidery Try

My first try at embroidery

There are so many great ideas for embroidery ideas on Pinterest. Look at this one from Baumcat:
I love this one too from Sidereal

Happy Friday!!

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Quit your cryin’

It’s bothersome when I hear people complain about things.

  • They went through my luggage…and looked at my bras…and my jewelery. How dare they!
  • He questioned me about my proposal. Seriously!? What a jerk!
  • My shirt is just too tight these days. I suck.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to complain once in awhile too…but when I truly think about it, I want to tell myself, “Really!? Get a life you spoiled turd!”

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Some of my favorites

ferris wheel at night

Blog carnival! Ever heard of one? I never had until we were assigned to do one for my class. What fun! In this post, I’m going to cover a handful of my favorite blogs. These are ones I visit when I need a little inspiration or a little brain break.

To start off, I’ll highlight some blogs I enjoy for home inspiration.

Actually, Brightsides is good for home inspiration and a laugh. How clever is this? I love how she took a headshot of each Barbie and asked readers to vote on who would stay. She even named each one!

For a little home decorating and thrifting inspiration, I visit Life as a Thrifter. Check out this post on her master bedroom. She says 85 percent of it is decorated with thrifted finds. WOW! She comes up with some awesomely creative ways to repurpose things. I’m always left thinking, “Great idea,” while wondering, “I would have never thought of that!”

Another one I enjoy reading for thrifting ideas is Button Bird Designs . She also is very creative with repurposing items. Check out all the cheapo things she found while garagesaling and what she turned them in to. The owl, the birds, the desk!

And now for one that I love, love, love to read because of how she writes and the topics she covers…Sit a Spell. I don’t recall how I even came across the blog, but when I first started reading they were doing missionary work in Haiti. They’ve recently moved back to the states. The mommy blogs about family stuff, home stuff, God stuff and just good stuff. I always feel better after reading her posts.

So there ya go. A little peek into the bloggers I enjoy. Hope you stop by their outposts and check ’em out!

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My vote is for Prezi

A few years ago I stumbled onto a neat presentation tool called Prezi.

Here’s what they say they are,

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.

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Educatin’ myself on the gigantic world that is Facebook

We had the opportunity in my most recent class to research a social media tool. I use Facebook everyday for work and we had recently moved over to a non-profit Facebook page. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to dive in and learn all I could.

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Blogging is a lot like life

I got into blogging on a whim. We were headed that direction at work, and I wanted to learn the ins and outs of WordPress and blogging. I started by showing some of the crafty things I worked on at home, and now it’s morphed into a place to talk about things that make me smile—my family, God and volunteering.

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