Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kissing (part two) AND a winner for my jewelry giveaway


Do you remember my commitment early this summer to intentionally kiss MY prince charming more often?

Well, last week (while it was nearing 100 degrees) my husband came up behind me, kissed me, and said, "Hey, I read on your blog that you were kissing me more . . . and the past three days . . . not so much, Glenda." (Yup, he reads my blog. Sweet, eh?)

"OH NO," I responded. "Even though I wrote a post Honest to Blog . . . I have become a dishonest blogger."

KISSING DISCLAIMER: I do not enjoy kissing when it is 100 degrees with 87 percent humidity.

Phew, honesty restored! Hope the heatwave ends soon.

So we can move on to the fun stuff - the giveaway winner. The winner is . . . Jessica Heights who writes a beautiful blog, Muthering Heights. Which beautiful necklace do you think she chose?





Jessica chose The Nest Necklace. Thanks again to  Jeana of Ruby Willow for her generosity in this fun giveaway. Hop over today, which is the last day for the 20 percent discount. (code GgTake 20)

Congratulations, Jessica! 

The Royal Kiss picture is used with permission from the lovely Fifi.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Collections

I wanted to title this post "Collector of whatever floats my boat," but a more accurate description of my collecting habits would be "Collector of whatever makes my heart sing."

I have ~

lived on two continents,

lived in four countries,

lived in nine cities,

spent 15 summers in Europe, and

travelled to 39 countries.

That is a lot of opportunitites to collect some pretty cool stuff.

So, what is my collecting philosophy, my collecting style.  In my travels through life . . .  if I happen upon something I love (in my budget), . . . I buy it.

     *it does not have to belong to a
      certain collection

     *it does not have to have a perfect
       spot in my home

     *it does not (within reason) have to be easy to
      get home. (where there is a will there
      is a way)

It has led me to own an ecclectic mix of very cool things that make me happy.


santon figurines from France



unique chair from Senegal



pottery from Poland



wooden farm lady from Poland



ornament from The Netherlands



rooster from The General Store in Minneapolis
(this one is for you, Suzanne!)



I have carted home lots of baskets from
Eastern Europe

etc. etc. etc.

I love looking around my home and seeing bits and pieces of . . . me!

What do you collect?



Today I am linking to a beautiful blog, Privet and Holly.  





Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Christy and a Creative/Exciting Announcement

 Have you met our daughter Christy? 



Our family went away this weekend to celebrate Christy's birthday. We enjoyed a fun city near here, Naperville, that offered plenty of shops, restaurants and a lovely hotel.



We had a blast. We are savoring each moment, which you will understand after you see this important announcement that Christy made today on her blog, Everyday Planet.



I am linking today with the beautiful Soli Sisters, who will rejoice with me at this announcement. 



Friday, July 22, 2011

Painting with Sarah at Modern Country Style

It is my dad's fault that I never learned to paint. :-) He is a great painter and a perfectionist, so I just called him when I needed something painted. I would cook up a storm while he worked his magic.

But last year it was time for me to venture out on my own . . .


I was done with my old plastic
 patio chairs being white.



So I spray painted them lime green . . .
all by my little old self.

Now that I have moved about 2,000 miles away, no more calling dad. Instead, I am calling on my  cyber neighbor, Sarah at Modern Country Style, who lives 4,000 miles away.

Sarah is teaching a series on painting and has even offered to give advice on today's link. So Sarah, here is my piece that I want to paint.




I bought it in Seattle at a garage sale for $20. I love the shape, which I learned from you, is the first thing that matters. It is scratched and cracked in spots. I am thinking of maybe a celery green. What do you think, Sarah? Any advice?

In just a few weeks, our daughter, Christy is moving to Bicester, England and will be real neighbors with Sarah. They are already planning on meeting up. That makes this mom very happy indeed.


Today I am linking up with Sarah at Modern Country Style, one of my favorite blogs. It is a big painting party. Check it out.

ps. You are welcome to sign up for my fun jewelry giveaway.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Husband, the Genius

One of the fun things about Dave having his WorldVenture office in our home is that I can pop in whenever I want. This is the scene I came upon last week. . .


Meet my husband, the genius. On the ministry computer he was listening to a four hour conference on the Millennial generation. On his own pc he was answering ministry e.mail. And on the I-pad, checking out a document. I could not miss capturing the moment . . . for you.

If you need a good laugh, this hot summer afternoon, check out My Husband, the Speaker, where a friend played a practical joke on Dave while he was speaking to a crowd of college students.

Monday, July 18, 2011

City Girl or Country Girl?

Living in Chicago is great. But it was time for this city family to have a break from all the color, the noise and the crowds in Chicago. Oh . . . and the traffic.

So off we went . . . to visit our family at their beautiful farm!





Are you a city girl or a country girl? . . . an adorable conversation between our daughter, Christy and Devin, age 5, on the differences in city and country life.

Christy: "Devin, what do we see when we go outside in the city of Chicago?"

Devin: "tall buildings, cars, lots of people"

Christy: "And what do you see when you visit your Grandma in the country?"

Devin: "cornfields, barns, animals"

Christy: " So you see, Devin, you and I are both city girls."

Devin: (after a minute of pondering this information)
"No, Christy, I am a country girl because I am from a country . . . the United States of America."

Are you a country girl or a city girl?

ps. GIVEAWAY ~ You are invited to sign up for my fun giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post. Do not worry if you don't have a google account. You can leave a comment by checking the anonymous box and leave your name with your comment.

Linked to Jen and the lovely Soli Sisters, who live in the city and the country.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Summer Giveaway

To celebrate the wonderful season of SUMMER, I am hosting a jewelry giveaway and you get to choose which piece you love the most. But first let me introduce you to the jewelry maker, my friend Jeana. . .



"Hello! My name is Jeana Linhart and I live in a cute yellow house in a quaint little town in Oregon. I have a handsome and brilliant husband, who is a high school teacher and a super dad. We have three hilarious little boys who provide tons of material for our family blog Linart Live.


Ever since I was a little girl I've been passionate about creating beauty. In fact, I remember many afternoons as a teenager, hanging out at Glenda's house with her two daughters making huge poster board sized collages out of cut up magazines. Glenda had a really good stash of magazines and introduced me to Good Earth Tea, which is still my very favorite tea to this day.

My jewelry making career started during the Christmas season of 2008. We were strapped for cash but still wanted to give gifts. So I started taking apart all my jewelry and mixing the elements around to create new pieces. My work was a hit with the women in our family and pretty soon they started calling me up saying things like, 'So-and-so saw the necklace you made for me and she wants one just like it!'

I chose the name Ruby Willow after a funny conversation with my husband. I told him that I just wanted a name that sounded pretty and represented me but not in an obvious way like "Jeana's Jewelry." So he started saying things like, "You have big hair. How about Big Hair Jewelry!" From there it evolved into a parody of The Song of Solomon. "Your teeth are like a flock of goats. Goat Teeth Jewelry! Your lips are like red rubies. Your hair is like a weeping willow. You are a Ruby Willow." I was laughing so hard but through that laughter, Ruby Willow was born.



I opened my etsy shop in January 2009 and I strive to make beautiful, relevant, affordable pieces of jewelry. It's important to me that each design reflects some element of nature. After all, I am only a creator because I was created in the image of The Creator. I want my work to be a reflection of His. With three boys I often feel the need to have something girly, so I also work hard to make each piece soft and feminine. But my deepest desire for my jewelry is for the wearer to feel beautiful wearing it."

Well, now that you have met Jeana, (isn't she cute!) I want to show you the two pieces that she is offering today. And the fun part, if you win, is that you get to choose.

Choice one: THE NEST NECKLACE



"The Nest Necklace can be customized to represent families, or children/grandchildren, friendships or simply a love of birds nests. I use fresh water pearls for the eggs and each nest can hold up to four eggs. As an alternative, I can also use round Swarovski crystals to represent birthstones."

Choice two: THE FAMILY LEAF



"The Family Leaf necklace is a modern take on the family tree. I hammer each leaf to fit however many birthstones are needed. But this necklace doesn't have to be about birthstones either. I made one for myself with graduating shades of green and it always gets lots of compliments."

Just leave a comment, telling me which beautiful necklace you would choose. Jeana is also offering a generous discount of 20% off anything in her etsy shop or custom pieces you order (enter the code GgTake20.) This will be good for two weeks. Thanks so much, Jeana. 

I will annouce the winner on Thursday, July 28. I hope you are having a great summer.



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summertime Blogging


It is hot in Chicago right now. It is humid in Chicago right now. It is NOT Seattle.

In the winter time, I love blogging from my cozy and warm kitchen. I use our kitchen table as my desk.



But for these warm summer days, I have moved to our dinning room table. Since we are on the second floor, I feel like I am in a tree house.


For the next seven weeks of summer, I am switching to blogging twice a week. (Monday and Thursday) Then we will be approaching my favorite season, Fall. Who knows, maybe then I will blog from the patio table on the porch . . .

Come back on Friday, for a fun giveaway.

How is your summertime blogging going?

Linking to "Where I Blog."

Monday, July 11, 2011

WORDS ~ a good heart makes for a good blog



In the world of blogging . . . there are words, words and more words. Even amidst gorgeous photography are still words. As a blogger, I am responsible for my words and I want them to be 
true
encouraging
creative
fun
motivating
helpful
sweet, and
good.

Yesterday, my study time led me to Matthew 12:33-37 ~ "the good person out of his good treasure brings forth good."

Then I moved on to Matthew 15:1-20 ~ "what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart."

Good words are not just a head matter, they are also a heart matter.

Sometimes, a sharp, rude or sarcastic word unintentionally pops out of my mouth. (Especially in my most important relationship with my husband.) It is like a red warning light on a car . . . wow, I need to go back and think about this. 

For me, this usually means I have not been emotionally honest and right out of my mouth pops the proof that something is not right in my heart.

I desire to have more "good treasure" and a heart that is good (not in the I need "to be good for God to like me" way, but by God's grace, I am becoming more like God in His goodness.)

How?

1. I asked God to add goodness to my "treasure." I asked God to continue to change my heart to match His. I have always loved the truth from Experiencing God" by Henry Blackaby . . . "only God can change a heart."

2. I spent time in God's word . . . listening, reflecting and processing.

3. While Dave was out of town, I hung out with our daughters in deep discussion (always mixed with laughter and tea), as together we process life . . . what we are experiencing (joys and pains) and what we are each hearing from God. (I love having adult kids.)

I pray that God is producing His goodness in my heart, so that good words come out of my mouth and onto my blog.

Linking up with the good hearts and good words at Soli Sisters.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Sweet Morning Routine



Morning routines are interesting and important. I have told you before that my dad prays early every morning and he prays aloud.


On my recent trip to see my dad, (six weeks after his open heart surgery,) I got the usual treat. It was a little later than usual, say 7 AM, as he is still recovering. :-)


Dave and I were downstairs and he was in the living room. Usually i can just hear the hum of his voice, but occasionally a word or two sticks out.


I heard a few words and started laughing. I turned to Dave and said, "Did dad just pray for Fox New analysts Brit Hume and Charles Krauthammer? "YES!"


Is he the most adorable man or what?


A big thank you to all of you who prayed and continue to pray for my dad, Glenn, in his recent surgery to replace an aortic valve. He is very thin, but doing fantastic. Just yesterday he saw his cardiologist and received a clean bill of health. In dad's happy words . . . "he has given me my life back."


While we were home, I had the chance to read dad the post I had written about him and all of your comments. He was deeply touched by your prayers.


My dad has a great sense of humor. He told me of something he had recently done to help a friend. To my, "you are always so thoughtful, dad," he said, "Well, Glenny, I had open heart surgery, not a heart transplant." Yup, we love that heart of yours dad. Glad you got to keep it.


What is your favorite morning routine?

   
 image credit

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Keep Calm and Carry On, Childers Family

Have you ever had an event in your life that was both wonderfully exciting yet, so sad at the same time? Just say the date August 13 . . . and my eyes fill instantly with tears and my heart beats quicker with excitement. What a crazy mix of feelings! Why, you might ask?

After two years of hard work, many ups and downs, blood, sweat and prayers . . . our daughter, Christy is moving to Bicester, England to be a missionary with Reign Ministries. I am so excited and proud, as she follows in the footsteps of her grandparents and parents (us) . . . to serve God full time in missions.

The very cool thing is that she is going with the same mission organization that we served with for 22 years and is working with wonderful friends, that traveled to Europe with us so many years ago.

While, we have been apart many times and know how to do long distance relationships well, we have so been enjoying these last eight wonderful months of our family being together in Chicago . . . we are all sad, so sad to say goodbye.

So, with the mix of all of our emotions, the hard work of preparing to move to another country, the spiritual work of preparing your heart, the decisions, the raising of additional funds and on and on the list goes . . . it is time for the Childers family to buck up.



So I framed a piece of wrapping paper that I had purchased in a cute shop in Cannon Beach and redid my fireplace mantel. (gift wrap was $4 and poster frame at IKEA was $5.) Just the reminder that our family needs right now.

We are not in World War II, it is not the Tet Offensive . . . we can do this! Keep Calm and Carry On

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Abby . . . Melissa . . . Glenda . . . and a very sweet God

Moving is hard. While I love living in the city and attending a city church, it has not afforded me the usual means of making friends and finding ministry opportunities.

We left Seattle last Halloween for Chicago, so we are eight months into this move. Usually by now, I would be leading a small group, hosting some women in my home for a summer study, mentoring etc. But it has been pretty slim pickins in the relationship department.

BUT, God is just so ridiculously sweet . . .

Through blogging and the Tuesday Soli Sisters link, I met Abby. Abby and her young family are heading to Budapest, Hungary as missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ.

Late spring, Abby and I enjoyed a long phone chat and I passed along all my tips from years of travelling in Europe with children, when we were a young ministry family. And we had a sweet prayer time together.

Late spring, Dave and I went to a missions dinner at church. We just "happened" to sit at a table of adorable young Campus Crusade staffers. My husband regaled them all evening with stories of his days (long ago) on Crusade staff. At the end of the evening, I gave the girls my blogging card.

A few days later, I got an e.mail from Melissa, asking if we could get together. (SURE !!!) Melissa and I had two sweet times together. She is heading off to Slovenia as a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ.

I was so excited when I realized that Abby and Melissa were going to be at the same pre-field training in Colorado. So I introduced them to each other, via the Internet, before they left. I have heard from each of them that they are enjoying getting to know each other AND they will be only four hours apart when they get to Eastern Europe next Fall.

How cool is that! So sweet of God to use me to encourage two brave adorable women heading overseas. Before all time, God knew it would be good for Abby and Melissa to know each other.  And He, used me to introduce them.

Years ago, I made up a corny phrase that I love because it is full of truth . . .



"God can use anything. If He wanted to he could use a pair of curtains . . . but He chooses to use me." Even in this season of transition . . . He chooses to use me. I LOVE THAT ABOUT GOD.

Do you have your antennae up . . . what opportunities has God placed around you this summer?

ps. I introduced a great artist in my last post, but goofed up and it did not make it to google reader. Have you meet Fifi Flowers?

image credit: archzine.org

Friday, July 1, 2011

Kissing


I have been intentionally kissing MY prince charming more each day.

As Martha Stewart used to say, " it is a very good thing."

image credit:

 This beautiful drawing is done by Fifi. Check our more of her amazing art at Fifi Flowers . . . Painter of Whimsy and Fun with a Parisian Flair. Last Christmas I ordered four of her Paris pictures and framed them for the girls. They loved them. (It was my first time to order anything on etsy.) Not only is Fifi a great artist, she also has a sweet generous spirit, giving me permission to use her Royal Wedding piece today. Thanks Fifi.
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