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Follow my Dreams…

Life around here has changed, changed beyond what I could have ever imagined. Our future is wide open with endless possibilities, every day is truly a dream come true.

As our life is changing, transforming so is my home her on the internet. I have dreams, big dreams that I am praying over. Dreams that I am scared to share, that concern this blog, my home, my family, my passions and maybe you?

I have a deep desire to change the world {crazy I know}from the inside out. I am hoping to expound on this more in the future over at my new home:

From the Inside Out

Please, if you follow me here… follow me over there. It will be my last move for a very long time! I am setting up camp, intentionally planning for the future of from the Inside Out. Please join me.

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My children inspire me,

to live a

 wild,

on the edge,

sometimes carefree,

joy soaked,

intense,

passionate,

silly,

upside down

life

in an all to serious rightside up

adult world.

Live with no regrets even if it means to live a little upside down.

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Sweet Shot Day

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Sometimes we have dreams and they don’t come true and sometimes we have dreams we never knew we had until they come true… life is that dream.

I had a dream I never knew I had, until now… good morning life.

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“Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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project 52 p52 weekly photo challenge my3boybarians.com

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“Seek God, not joy.” Elizabeth Prentiss

She says, this wise woman from the past, a woman who was said to have breathed sanctified air as a child. An old soul lost in the years. Her words are on my wall, a constant reminder that it is Him that I seek and there that true joy is found. A mysterious joy of the believer.

And so counting itself takes faith.

After each number I find a little more of Him, a counting not only into joy but into faith. We are told to “Count it all joy, when we meet trials of various kinds” in James.

Count it all joy?

Only faith can count it all joy in the midst of trials, see grace among the chaos, and find joy. Ann is daring the world to count God’s gifts right into JOY, and making it a habit, a new way of life.

It’s a dare to see God, a dare to believe God, that He is who He says He is… Emmanual, God with us. That even when our hearts are so full of worry, fear, grief, and pain we can have that joy that James talks about because we are loved. Counting the joy even in the midst of trials, those trials that dare us to ask the question, “is God enough?”

A dare that can change our lives forever.

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I will be starting over, again, for a fresh start in 2012. 1000 gifts in a year, 3 gifts or more a day. I really like her JOY Dare calendar and will try to capture the gifts she suggests as well as others that introduce themselves to me through out the days.

So here is what I have captured so far…

 The passions given to me to love my family… reading… and writing. {3 things about myself I am grateful for}

  Tom-cat our adopted outside cat… Spice our soft furry white angel, a companion to us all… dirt and leaves left out in the grass from boyhood experiments. {a gift outside, inside, on a plate}

“She was beautiful” of the girl all dressed in white, the bride of the day… Kai speaking of bubbles, “they are like little friends, but they die… because they pop.”… “Amaris you are beautiful”, Eli spoken sweetly to his little sister. {3 lines I overheard that were graces}

Peace and Joy, my two Willow Tree angels that stand on my kitchen window sill from my sweet and lovely husband during a time of need… two sweet little fabric birds that match my bedding bought by a friend… the cross neclace around my neck with the little blue gemstone that I have worn for years. {one gift old, new, & blue}

Reading James with my husband in the evening… a future… his breathing heavy in sleep, sweet rest for a weary, tired soul. {something you’re reading, you’re making, you’re seeing}

M&M’s spilled all over the bottom of my purse, colors of love and chocolate… sour cream a close friend of ours… love. {one thing in your bag, your fridge, your heart}

Daily big wet juicy kisses given with no expectations from Josai… an I love you Momma note… a message of encouragement from a friend. {3 graces from people you love}

The sun going down as we drive over the bridge into town…  a cats reflection in the window in the darkness… kitchen chairs on the hardwood floor. {light that caught you, a reflection that surprised you, a shadow that fell lovely}

A book, read aloud before naptime to a tired little boy… laundry clean and ready to fold… my oldest son on the kitchen counter while we did math together. {a gift in your hand, a gift you walked by, a gift you sat with}

27 gifts captured

and also…

a last minute afternoon walk by the lake.

a beautiful smile, a pause in our walk

brave boys on bikes going down steps

a wild soul, always a wild soul pedaling fast through life

a boy and his pink car, love

the rocks that sit quietly in the water, a reminder to be still

a pause for a sunset full of geese

34 in all

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Projectf 52: Resolutions

Resolutions takes courage, a step of faith if it comes from the heart and they require steadfastness and determination; heart. A resolution, a deep resolve to transform is a great thing, a worthy thing if we really mean it.

Resolutions are always made with great intentions but are they kept with great faith?

I am taking my resolution for this year very seriously, as an act of faith and courage. I have no intentions of leaving it behind but to follow through and live it out with passion and with HOPE of transformation.

Transformation of my heart.

This year I have one resolution, one act of courage that I want to share with the world, with you. I have thought of many things that I want to change, I want to do better at, things I desire to see progress in but this is the ONE thing that surpasses them all.

I want to capture the moments of my life, to stop time and hold grace. I have the ability to do this with my camera but I want to do this with my heart, I want to live in my pictures. To step inside them not just take them.

I want to own every moment that I am given, for life is a vapor {that is never to be forgotten, it is engraved on my soul}, grab them and hold them before they pass into the sea of eternity past and become only a memory to be told, once upon a time.

I don’t just want to watch them, I want to acutally live in them. Like a fairy tale you just want to jump in and become one of the characters, I want to be that character, the one that is living in the story not just reading the story.

I love to take pictures and to write, they are passions of mine. A love to capture time with my camera and thoughts with my pen but my ultimate passion is capturing life with my heart.

The best stories ever told are the ones that we live. I think maybe I have read that somewhere before, well it’s true.

I don’t want to waste the moments away with my selfishness but multiply them with sacrafice and love.

That is my New Year Resolution if you want to call it that, but really just my hearts resolve for every day.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom” Psalm 90:12

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Joining the 52 week photo challenge with Darcy and other passionate photographers and time stoppers…

project 52 p52 my3boybarians.com

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I don’t know about you, but I love beaded, unique, beautifully crafted jewelry. One of the things I was really looking forward to living in Latin America was the jewelry.

Just recently I found a lovely site that when you buy a bracelet you give one orphan in Indonesia food for a week!

What a great idea. I wish I had thought of it.

What a great gift for the holidays. A gift that gives to more than just one person.

So, for Christmas this year…

Give Jewelry

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I love the verse they have at the bottom of their site…

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT)

A verse that I have been drawn to lately, my hope, their hope, our hope.

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There is a sign above my kitchen table that say Always Give Thanks.

Always.

Give.

Thanks.

Breathe eucharisteo like it is air it whispers.

Nancy Leigh Demoss has a series on cultivating a heart full of grace, abounding in it, overflowing with it into an attitude of gratitude. Find some time to listen to her as she encourages us women of God to love Him more deeply…

Abounding in Gratitude

Gratitude and Peace

Characteristic of a Grateful Heart

Contentment or Bitterness

Why be Thankful

A Debt of Thanksgiving

I highly recommend this series. It will encourage your heart and soul in this journey of learning to give thanks in all circumstances. Enjoy.

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