Monday, August 15, 2011

Just a heads up...

I am still on blogging break until September 1.

I'm not gonna lie... most days I WANT to blog and I have so much to share... but this break has already been amazing for me and I'm just going to let it continue to be amazing. God is good. I am most definitely refocusing and it's just been... good. I am feeling refreshed.

Please continue to pray for me. :)

Anyways... just wanted to give you a heads up that I will be changing the name of my blog. I didn't want you to be confused when you no longer saw Life Happens in your reader or subscriber or however it is that you follow along.

The new name will be A Hearty Overflow.

I'll explain all about it in September!

Just don't forget that A Hearty Overflow is me. :)

See you again in 17 days! (That seems like such a long time!)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Refocus

Hi friends!

Just wanted to let you all know that I am taking a break from blogging. Right now the plan is to be back at it on Sept 1. It may be sooner but it won't be longer. Pinky swear!

I just feel that I need to refocus my life a bit and blogging takes time so I am going to take the break and use that time to really work some things out. Normally you plug things in to recharge them but in this case I need to unplug while recharging.

Plus... it's good to just refresh once in a while. My brain isn't fully firing at the moment and I don't want to bore you by trying to have something to write just for the sake of having something to write.

I hope that you guys will keep me on your subscriber lists (or whatever method of keeping up you use). I love my little blog community. :) You guys definitely add something to my life!

I have a few giveaways planned for when I return to the blog and I will be sharing the next step in my series on 2 Timothy 4:12... setting an example in life. I've been sorting that out and it's good stuff!

I'm also thinking that while I give my life a little makeover that my blog should also get one. I'm frustrated with trying to design my own (followed tutorials but they just aren't working even though I do everything they say!) and I'm too cheap to buy one so we'll see how that goes. A new name would also be good but I'm stuck on that as well. I'm taking suggestions.

Either way... new look and name or not... I'll be back at the beginning of September with lots to share I am sure. In the meantime maybe you could pray for me. I've been a bit depressed and really worn out. I'm looking forward to this time of refreshing and I am excited to end my month at a conference with John and Lisa Bevere! Pray that I would find the things in my life that are out of whack. Pray that I would learn to turn to God first in all things. Pray that I would let the joy of the Lord be my strength and that I would find my energy again. Pray for motivation to turn around the things that need turned around. And for perseverance... I'm just not sure I have much of that left. (Not in a suicidal way!!) 

Thanks for being awesome!
Thanks for praying for me!
See you in September.

LAURA

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ariel's Graduation Party

My sister-in-law Ariel babysits for us all the time... for free. She is WONDERFUL! And I never want to take her kindness for granted. And so I try to give her pictures as often as I can... because that's what I do and it's what I have to exchange.

I designated myself as photographer of her graduation party a few weekends ago. There was lots of family and friends and it was a great time... even though it was extremely hot and I was sweating like I used to when playing soccer. I love summer!

Anyways... I wish I would have got my brains spinning about it sooner because I thought it would be really fun to set up a photo booth but I didn't have the time to collect fun things. Instead I went with chalkboard paint. I cut some shapes out of foamboard and painted them with chalkboard paint. Super easy and lots of fun.

Ariel's friends had a fun time writing her notes or remembering inside jokes and putting them in pictures for her to forever have the memories.

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Mike... being the awesome big brother that he is... had to get in on the fun too...

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Liza also refuses to be left out of anything fun that is going on.

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Congratulations to Ariel!
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Oh! And she was the salutatorian of her class! Her speech was about pop tarts. Cute! You can listen to it if you would like.


Someone forwarded her speech to Kellog's and she got a call from them. :) They liked it and sent her some goodies.

Saturated

I am a sponge.

I soak things up. When I am squeezed by the pressures of life, whatever I have filled myself with is what will come out.

If you fill a sponge with lemonade, only lemonade will come out when you squeeze it. Fill it with tomato juice and you will get tomato juice when it's squeezed. The only way to get pure water out of a sponge is to put pure water in.

If we want Jesus to spill out of us when life puts the pressure on then we better be filling ourselves with Jesus.

You can't expect to be full of God and faith when hard times come if you haven't been soaking up God and faith before it.

And so I want to be saturated. Not just wet. But soaked in Jesus.

I remember reading about Smith Wigglesworth. He said people would come up to him and say things along the lines of "I don't know you but I'm convicted just by being near you." He didn't even need to speak! I believe it had to be because he was so saturated with Jesus that Jesus was just dripping off of him wherever he went.

It's no good to only have enough of Jesus for myself.

I want to drip Jesus everywhere I go.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big Boy Bed for Jason!!

I've been putting off putting Jason in a big bed for a while now because I had a problem. I needed to buy a mattress. I've never had to buy a mattress. Mine was a gift and it's just on a metal frame. Liza's bed and mattress came from my in-law's. Jason's bed frame also came from my in-law's but we didn't have a mattress. I hate shopping for things like that.

But yesterday Mike had a day off so I decided we better get on it. We had heard Sam's Club had them cheap but don't have a membership there so Mike's mom met us and got us in. We got a mattress for $100. I could deal with that. :)

Then Mike had to run to his parents' house and pick up the bed parts. After dinner the fun began.

Mike took down the crib (which had been in it's toddler bed form). Can I just say how exciting it is to NOT have a crib in my house anymore!!! 

The kids and I washed down the bed parts.

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Then Mike started putting the bed together and the kids thought it was pretty much a jungle gym. Made things a little difficult but they were just so excited.

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And hooray!!! The bed was up and Jason was pumped!!

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He was being a dinosaur hahaha!

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And then he did what you have to do on any new bed... JUMP!

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And we finished up just in time for bed.

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Jason looked sooo big in his little toddler bed. He was looking pretty small again last night all lost in the big blankets.

My big 3 1/2 year old... he's growing up so much. And he gives his big boy bed two thumbs up!

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PS... he didn't fall out!

What I Say About Myself

A while ago I was writing about setting an example in speech. (1 Timothy 4:12) I found that our words reveal our hearts, should be honest, build others up, have the power of life and death, and are able to bring wisdom and healing.

I kind of dropped off with that because some things were happening and my brain was all jumbled. I was having a hard time getting things to come out in a cohesive and understandable way so I just too a break. I want to pick up where I left off though…


As I was wrapping my studies on what the words of a Christian should sound like this thought came strongly to me:

What about the things I say about myself?


After thinking that one out a little bit I realized how often I say things about myself that are not true, that do not build me up and do not bring healing. And they certainly reveal my heart about myself.

Things like “I’m not worth it.” But you know what? I AM worth it! I am so worth it that God sent His only son to die for ME!

Or how about “My life is pointless and I have no purpose.” “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Another lie I tell myself is that “nobody cares about me.” Umm… God knows the very number of hairs on my head!! (Luke 12:7) Can you imagine trying to keep track of how many hairs someone had!? That would be a ridiculous task… yet God knows! That’s detail friends!

And then there are the words I say about myself that do nothing but tear me down. They do not give life. And they show me my heart.

Things like:
I’m fat.
I’m not pretty enough.
I can’t do “that”.
Things never work out for me.
I’m a failure.

I need to learn to truly see myself the way that God sees me. And I need to speak the truth even if I don’t fully believe it those first few (or 1,000) times that I say it. If I keep repeating the truth eventually those words will take root in my heart and change me.

I need to be more careful about the things I say about myself.



And that wraps up “setting an example in speech.” I hope you learned something and were challenged. I know that I was convicted time and time again. I have been constantly working on my words… and I’ve been finding that I am keeping my mouth shut a lot more often. It’s been good. Tough. But good.

Next up I’ll be sharing what I am learning about “setting an example in life.” I’ll pick up with that in a few days.




PS... This wasn't about getting people to say "you aren't fat Laura!" or whatever else. Just sharing some things I let myself believe from time to time. I don't dwell on these things often or long. Just pulling out the examples. I know that people do like me and that I am not a failure. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting... First Timer

So... I had been hearing talk of Pinterest and then I started seeing blog hops featuring it and I had sworn I wasn't going to get an account because I didn't need it. Then one day I was really bored and asked a friend to send me an invite and what can I say... I'm hooked.

Although I don't want to spend hours and hours just browsing and pinning just anything. That would be overwhelming to me. I just want to pin the things I actually will do or use. I cleaned out my bookmarks this past week and put them all in Pinterest. How nice to actually have a photo of all those crochet patterns instead of just a link! So much easier to find what I need.

Anyways, I thought I would hook up with The Vintage Apple for Oh How Pinteresting this week and show you some of the craft ideas I have found and actually done.


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I saw this hair bow organizer and knew right away I needed to make one.



So simple! Spray paint a frame. Hot glue some ribbon on the back. (I didn't like using the staple gun because the staples didn't go all the way in and I thought they would scrape up the wall.) And you are done!

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I also used this flower pattern to make a flower to embellish the frame. It just felt like it needed a little something extra.




I made two frames... just because I could.


When I saw these corner bookmarks I just knew I had to make them.


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Now I can't open a book without smiling. I know they seem a bit young for an almost 32 year old but I just love them so much. They are so fun! And I have tons of scrap paper laying around. I made a bunch and I'll be making more!

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And the last thing I made this week is this necklace...




I saw it and thought to myself "I can do that!" And so I did.

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I don't love it as much as I thought I would. I mean... I really like it! It's just not quite me. The flower is a little big I think and I didn't get all the spacing right. But I might just take the flower off and pop it on a headband or barrette or... something! Because I love the flower. And I still love the necklace... just not on me. Kind of like seeing some awesome clothes on the rack and getting them on you and being all "ewww! They def look better on the rack!" One of those moments.

Anyways... I've been having loads of fun crafting this week and I have some things I will be doing in the next few days. It's great to find simple and quick crafts that I can do AND use!

Monday, August 1, 2011

I don't wanna grow up

At the end of September I will be 32 years old.

I have never really bought furniture.

Ok... so I've bought furniture... but it's all second hand or really cheap.
  • Mamasan chair $30 from a garage sale. ($300 new!)
  • The rest of my living room furniture are hand-me-downs. It doesn't match.
  • My dressers were bought at a thrift store. I can't refinish them because they have some kind of coating on the top that I can't take off. :(
  • Kitchen table and chairs... hand-me-downs.
  • My bed was a gift when I graduated and got married.
  • I bought Liza's crib which is now Jason's at Walmart. Cheap.
  • The second crib we had came from a garage sale. Mattress and crib for a total of $30.
  • The kids' dressers were cheap. Liza's from Walmart. Jason's was a $300 one marked down to just over $100.
  • Big beds for the kids... hand-me-downs.
We just haven't spent much money on furniture... and we've been married for 8 1/2 years.

But things are starting to fall apart. I'm going to need a couch or two. One with a hide away bed would be nice but I'll settle for just a plain old couch.

I walked through some stores the other day just to look and I wanted to cry! Furniture is expensive! And I'm going to need to replace a lot of things. I don't want to spend that much money on furniture!

The other problem I have is that I kind of sort of promised myself I wouldn't spend money on new furniture until I bought a house. I'm so close to buying a house that I would hate to buy something now and have it not work in the new home.

And so I'm stuck with all my old furniture for a while longer.

Hopefully it holds up because otherwise we just might be sitting on the hard floor.

But at least I don't have any debt. In fact, I have lots saved up. I guess falling apart furniture is an ok price to pay for financial freedom. Dave Ramsey always says "Live like no one else so that some day you can live like no one else."

You know what... someday I'm going to be able to walk into a store and pay cash for all the new furniture I want. My house may not be the best looking and my furniture not the most comfortable... but someday! Someday while everyone else is still paying off the loans they took out for their furniture I'll be dropping cash and walking away with no strings attached.

I prefer the debt free life.

And this post took on a completely different direction than I intended when starting out haha. I just encouraged myself back into contentment. :) For now anyways!

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