Monday, April 30, 2012

Motivational Mondays ~ Clean Heart ~

This week, I will focus my heart on love. I will put love into action, inspired by the one & only Mother of all Mother's...Mother Teresa. In her life's work she would often talk about how we don't need fantastic big ideas to make an impact on people, we simply need to love them. We can start in our very own homes, with our very own families. If there are broken relationships within our families, we should repair these if we can. I am motivated this week to knock the socks right off of love! I am going to LOVE it's nobodies business! Let's move forward this week being selfless in love. May we all look to the self sacrifices that have been made for our freedom because of so many peoples courageous efforts to love the world bigger. I love you Mother Teresa! This week is an homage to a beautiful soul who dedicated her entire life to loving ALL of God's Children. This is my Motivational Monday & I will LOVE BIG!
PS. Thank-you God for your Saints of Love

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Inspirational Sundays ~ Grace ~

Today I remember a Saint.
PS. Thank-you Dear Lord for your beautiful angels of love.
PPS. Thank-you Mother Teresa for your tireless years of 
service & self sacrifice.
Love so very much,

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pink Pajamas???

I had gone to work & on my break I called my Hubby to check in and see how his evening was going with the kiddies. Hubby said good!...& then told me that he had been cleaning out the garage (like most men watching children would do) when he came across some running shoes that belonged to our older boy. He brought them into the house & upon seeing them Little Williams eyes lit up & asked: "are those shoes for meee???!" Anything new in our house of old is very exciting! My Hubby said: "you can try them on but I think they might be a little big for you buddy". So William tried the shoes on & of course he clomped around in ridiculously over sized shoes, telling Daddy how "cumpterbull" they are. My Hubby quickly made the "man" mistake of telling him right away in a flat tone of voice (of course) that "they don't fit, take them off"...which all women know leads to...a severe let down & tears. My Hubby had tried to put this fire out by coming up the stairs with everyone's pajamas in hand & telling William to "calm down because Daddy got you some NEW PJ'S!" William wiping away his tears of devastation that his feet are now somehow deformed & underdeveloped looked with wide eyes, dug down real deep to get over his upset & said "oh WOW Daddy! Thank-you!" Instead of grabbing the pj's from the bottom of the pile, he grabbed the very first one from the top of the pile (which were not intended to be his "new pj's"). Before I go any further, I have to say that this little boy's sweet innocence just melts my heart. Even after brotherly pressures of teasing, this little man stood his ground & insisted that "Daddy got me new peejamas cause the shoes don't fit me & he wanted me to feel better!" He has been taunted relentlessly, I have even suggested that they might be a tad too small?...but his answer is a very firm "no Daddy bought them for me & I love them". I even snapped a picture of him & showed it to him in hopes that he might see with his own eyes that they are ill fitting...& pink! But after seeing the pictures his response was: "OOH I "wike" my smile in this one"
So I won't make you wait any longer, here are Williams NEW PAJAMAS!...
(His little sister Jackie's pajamas)
I just love a confident little man in pink!

PS. Thank-you Lord for his unwavering 
confidence & masculine security

Friday, April 27, 2012

This Moment

Joining Amanda & friends in  {this moment}

  A Friday ritual.

  capturing a moment from the week. 

A simple, special, extraordinary moment. 

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 Have a beautiful weekend friends.

PS. Thank-you God for coordination!

PPS. Please keep him safe dear Lord! 

Love: Tanya


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Favorite Things!

Super easy! NOT original! But super fun!

We subscribe to the wonderful world of Chirp Magazine. Instead of just throwing the issues away when we are finished we try to come up with creative ways to use them. Sometimes they wind up being coloring books, other times we cut out "guys" to play with. This time around we got a large piece of construction paper, cut out a spring/summer theme, pasted it on the construction paper, added a few personal touches and then taped on a calender for the month of April. Each issue has a month's calender in it, so we have hung this on the wall in the boys bedroom & we will update it each month with a new calender. In the Fall we will make a new one to hang in their room. This was ridiculously easy & loads of fun. I didn't even have a "Martha Stewart meltdown moment" while doing this project with the boys! (I was very proud of myself for that!) Try it & let me know what you think, if you have any other crafty ideas to add...
Please share!

PS. Thank-you God for creative hearts & minds.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

See Me

Where am I to go?...
my world is all gone.
I feel hopeless & alone.
How is that even possible?
eight billion people...
& I feel all alone?
I will make a difference,
I will show that I care.
You are not alone,
I've always been there.
I will touch your heart,
I will extend my grace.
I will share my love,
you will see my face.
You are not alone,
you never have been.
Look into the mirror...
& you will see me.

PS. Thank-you God for being with me always.