Archives for March 2015

A Few Favorites

Favorite Things

Greetings!

I’m pretty excited because in just four days I get to go to Georgia to spend Easter with my little southern grandchildren!! This started me thinking about how Georgia has become one of my FAVORITE places to visit!

So, I started thinking about other favorites and thought if I shared mine, maybe you would share yours. Let’s give it a try.

1. Favorite childhood book: A Wrinkle in Time

2. Favorite adult book: The bible (always find the answer to anything there!)

3. Favorite movie: The Sound of Music followed very very closely by Dances with Wolves. The last line of that movie still gets me!

4. Favorite sports team: Hmmmm…is there any other team than the Michigan State Spartans!

5. Favorite coach: Toss up here, Tom Izzo, Mark Dantonio or Al DeMott! Sorry, can’t narrow this to one.

6. Favorite song: This may sound silly, but it is “Hit the Road Jack” because my dad used to sing it all the time, and when I want to think of my dad, I sing that song.

7. Favorite food: Ice Cream….with chunks of chocolate and peanut butter and any other thing they would like to throw in. (This was hard…I have a lot of favorite foods!

8. Favorite recording artist: Jimmy Buffett’s yellow CD…can never remember the name of it…but it’s yellow! (Closely followed by DeWayne Spaw and Ann Murray.

9. Favorite holiday: Christmas!

10. Favorite drink: Coffee with cream

11. Favorite outdoor activity: Kayaking

12. Favorite Television show: Law and Order: SVU

13. Favorite sport: Anything my grandchildren are playing in!

14. Favorite thing to collect: Rocks

15. Favorite thing to do in the summer: Go to the beach!!

 

Ok…that’s what I’ve come up with for now! Your turn!

Peace,

Julie

 

 

 

Easter Bunny & Banner Craft

Hi There Friends!

Jules inspired me to get out my craft supplies and do the Easter project I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest! This is my own variation of the one I saw and I love the simplicity of it.  So if you feel inspired to do a simple Easter craft, this would be a good one to try!  You can get creative with the colors and even the words or shape of the bunny.


Easter Craft Blog
Supplies:

1 canvas any size (I used 9 1/2 ” x 10 ”  I cut the cost by using a 40% coupon from Joanns)

Acrylic paint (your color preference-I used a light blue), white acrylic paint

Assorted paint brushes (stiffer brushed work best for getting close to the edges)

Stencil of a bunny shape your choice-(I did a Google search for image of rabbit and found this one.)

Ribbon-any color

Scrapbook paper

Glue Dots

Gel Pens or Sharpie Marker-your color choice

small needle or pin

Directions:

1. Choose your bunny pattern, print and cut out using an X-Acto knife (Be careful not to cut on a soft surface).

2.Using 5-6 glue dots, glue the bunny on the canvas (the dots will peel right off when you are done).

3.Paint around the bunny stencil with the acrylic paint color of your choice.  Hold the paper down with your finger as you paint near the edges of the bunny so the paint doesn’t seep under the paper.  I did two coats of paint in blue.  When the paint dries, lift the bunny stencil off and peel off any remaining glue dots from the canvas.

4. Use the white paint to touch up any edges where the paint may have smudged on your white bunny. I painted my bunny white, but you could easily leave it and just use the white of the canvas.

5.Using scrapbook paper (I found small scraps of paper to use for this.), cut the triangle banners.  I cut the paper two inches long for this size canvas.

6.Use a gel pen or Sharpie to write the words on your banner.  You could laminate the paper or use contact paper to cover the triangles so they will hold up better.  I did not have this available for my project so I just used the paper.

7.Cut the ribbon to fit your canvas.  Leave some slack in the ribbon so it can drape down and have room to tape the ends in the back.

8.Use the needle or pin to poke a small hole at the top of the triangle and feed the ribbon through using the pin. I alternated threading the ribbon over the top and up through the back. (Honestly-this was the most challenging part of the whole project-feeding the ribbon through the tiny holes).

9. Tape the ends of the ribbon on back and use the glue dots to secure the triangles so they do not flip around.

The whole project took me about an hour from start to finish.  I used a Command Hook to hang it in our hallway and it makes me happy every time I see it!  I feel a sense of accomplishment at actually doing a craft and  I love the words on the print. It reminds me to take time to reflect, give thanks and REJOICE! during this blessed Easter season.

Thanks Jules for inspiring me to get crafty!

~Blessings,

Jen

I’m Me

I came across this on Facebook the other day and thought it was worth sharing.

Body image

It really made me stop and take a look at the way I think about myself. And I know that I’m not alone! Why do we always have to be so hard on ourselves? When did just being “who we are” stop being enough?
Truthfully I think it starts somewhere in the teen years. Trying to fit in, to look and act like everyone else. I have found as I’ve got older I care a whole lot less about what anyone thinks. Accepting myself as I am is a lot easier. Because the truth is…I do eat food….sometimes just because I like the way it tastes. Sometimes it feels good to just “let go” and do what you want for a minute. I suppose that is called lack of discipline….let it be known…I don’t have a lot of patience, and I don’t have a lot of discipline….so I guess its good that I can accept me for me. Besides, trying to pretend to be someone you aren’t takes up a lot of energy.
THIS is a lesson we need to teach our children. As a therapist and working with young teens….this is a HUGE problem. The saying used to be, “kids can be mean.” I’m hear to tell you that today is that “kids can be downright cruel and nasty” to each other. And because kids want to “fit in” they bow down to the abuse and start feeling bad about themselves.
It is our jobs, as those adults who have realized that it’s okay to just be “me” to teach them how to do the same thing! I challenge you to encourage anyone you know that is not accepting of themselves to see how worthy and valuable they really are!
Peace,
Julie

Doodling the Day Away!

Hi folks,

As many of you know I have been “stuck” home recovering from what was supposed to be a simple procedure. I’m pretty much confined to sitting and doing nothing. I’ve spent a LOT of time on Pinterest and came across some drawing directions and thought it looked kind of fun. Now I consider myself crafty, but drawing has always been my brother and sisters thing, but hey, I’m sitting here…why not try. I have  supplies for probably any craft anyone would want to do (seriously, I have a LOT of stuff!!) so all it involved was gathering a few things from the craft room. Of course, the first thing I would need is a sketch pad!!

Drawing for blog 2(Ok, so I had to raid the grand-kids stuff…but hey, bunny or not, it worked!)

I have lots of markers so I gathered them and went to the directions for drawing flowers, shapes, etc. I discovered it was really fun doing it step by step. The more I practiced and drew, the more relaxed I felt and was really enjoying it!!

Drawing for blog 5

Drawing 1 for blogDrawing for blog 3

I must admit…I kind of amazed myself that I could make the drawing look like something!! I like drawing birds, but I found as simple as they looked, it took some practice!!

Ok…so more looking around on Pinterest and I found a pin about hand coloring stamped objects. You betcha, I have all of that…so gathering supplies I go…(still same bunny sketch book!!)

Drawing for blog 6It was fun picking colors and filling it in. At first my sister thought I had drawn it…sorry sister, my talent hasn’t gotten that amazing with a couple of drawing lessons!! But…she challenged me to try it on my own, and I did!!

Drawing for blog 4Well…even I must admit not bad for a first try…hmmm…maybe I can draw! Maybe my own mind has been setting unrealistic limits.

How often do we do that to ourselves? Say we can’t do something that we have never even tried! Quite self defeating behaviors I would say! So I pushed myself out of a zone of “I can’t do that”and actually discovered a new hobby!!!! What might you have wanted to try and thought you couldn’t. It doesn’t have to be drawing. It could be crafting, cooking, sewing, photography, some new exercise…anything…there are NO limits. I challenge each and every one of our readers to dig deep, find that new hobby or interest and share it with us! We love to hear from you!

Happy Friday,

Julie

A Time For Healing

Rest

Spring is right around the corner and with it I am praying for warmer temperatures, sunshine and restored health. We have had some difficult health challenges in our family over the past few months. As you read in an earlier post, Jules has been battling some issues with her heart. Prayers for her speedy recovery are appreciated. Our Mom has also had some health concerns that have been challenging to work through, but things seem to be moving in a better direction, Praise God!

I have not experienced anything as serious as their conditions, but have been battling a foot injury that has required me to reduce my normal activity level by about 90%. I injured my foot during our travels to Germany last summer, by doing too much uphill walking in the wrong shoes and developed tendonitis (an overuse injury). Instead of going to the doctor right away, I thought it would eventually get better, so I didn’t see a medical professional until last November when the pain became unbearable. The doctor has tried several things to cure the pain but nothing has worked so far. A month ago, he sent me home in a walking cast with orders to rest.

Mt. Zugspitze

(We saw some awesome scenery this summer, but every sight seemed to be at the top of a very high mountain/hill! It makes my foot hurt just looking at this picture, but it was totally worth it! This was taken at Mt. Zugspitze-Germany’s highest peak.)

This whole ordeal has been so frustrating and has tested my patience.   As much as I thought I hated exercising, I really miss it. I realized how much I counted on it for my mental sanity and stress control. I also realized how hard it is for me to just sit, rest and let others help me. The Mister and the girls have been great helping out with the cooking, shopping and cleaning. Little One has made about a hundred trips up the stairs fetching things for me. I have struggled with feelings of guilt and frustration because I am not able to do things I usually do. I realized that, as with any situation, there are lessons to be learned. Jules said to me the other day that she wondered if her health challenge was a message from God to slow down. I have definitely found some advantages to slowing down and resting.

I’m not as tired as I was when I was running every day and I really don’t miss those 5:30 am wake ups. I have even discovered some different ways to work out that I might not have tried before the injury. I have had more time to just hang out with my family, since I am not running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done. Jules and I have even had time to start scheming together on a new project, which has been loads of fun! I have also learned I don’t have to take on everything myself, I have people willing to help me which is so comforting. I just have to be willing to accept the help. Oh, and one side note I really can get a lot of things done via the Internet! The Mister opened the front door the other day and commented that every time he opened the door, there was another package on our front porch! I’ve become a bit of an Amazon addict!  Finally, I have learned to let some things go. Things might not get done the way I would do them or on my timeline, but they are getting done and if they aren’t, it isn’t the end of the world.

Now, do I wish I didn’t have to experience this injury to learn these lessons? You bet! Would I have learned them without being forced to? Probably not! So as I continue to heal from this injury, I will focus on being thankful for the blessings in my life and the lessons I am continually learning. I thank God for always being by my side, especially during the challenging times. I know I can always bring my troubles and cares to Him and He will provide comfort, peace and rest.

How about you? Do you need to slow down and take some time to rest? Have you been struggling with an injury or illness? I encourage to you find a way to slow down, accept help when you need it and say no to some things, so you can say yes to others. We would love to hear your stories or tips in the comments.

Blessings,

Jen

Friday Funny

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Day 24…..that’s how long it’s been since I’ve been to work. This was not planned. I was supposed to have 2 weeks off. One hard recovery week, one nice and easy recovery week, and then back to work. Well……didn’t work out that way. Rest, rest rest…that is what everyone is saying. So the other day when someone posted this video, I felt like I was looking at myself in a mirror. It made me laugh the first time and has made me laugh each and every other time I’ve watched! Can anyone else besides me relate to this! I feel just like this guy, and I’m not seeing much light at the end of my tunnel…who knows where it will go next week!!!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend. Hopefully I won’t have to post “The Sloth  2!!” next week!

Julie