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I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

... it's time to focus inward ...

Sorry for the silence most of this week.  We celebrated Aaron's birthday and Alex's birthday.  My mother came to town for the celebrations and then stayed a bit longer.  I've been asked to speak at a conference Valentine's Day weekend ... on grace.  Mother entertained the boys while I've been busy reading - thinking - praying - and formulating thoughts on what my illness has taught me on the topic.  I'm not quite ready - but I've got most of it worked out now.  I need to spend another day or so pulling the rest of it together.

Last night I decided it was time to change my med site.  It kept getting irritated, and I'd very much like to be over the worst of the pain before I'm supposed to speak.  Fitting though, isn't it?  I'm speaking on grace - and will be needing some extra in my own life the next 11 days......  I also think it's fitting that the conference will be Valentine's Day weekend - and two years ago ON Valentine's Day I was admitted to the hospital - and began (in an in-your-face-kinda-way) this grace-filled journey.

Anyway - we're supposed to get snow tomorrow.  (yippee)  So - it's time for a new mantle.  I'm not huge on celebrating Valentine's Day recently anyway - at the moment it's more a marker of some rough times in our lives than a celebration of marital love.  So - I'd like something calm ... something simple ... here's what I came up with.


... not quite ...


... almost ...


... that's good enough for me.


Sometimes it's important to de-clutter ...


... shut out the noise of the world ...


... and focus inward.


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7 comments:

Tammy@InStitches said...

I agree, sometimes clean and simple is beautiful. Your vase is really pretty.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Very pretty indeed! It's so spring like!

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Tee said...

That painting is beautiful. Best of luck on your speech!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Yay! Two weeks in a row :). Your mantel looks fab and I need to know what you're speaking on and where! Details please.

Dining Delight said...

That painting is gorgeous and you've added just the right accessories on the side to compliment it!

DD

Miki said...

Your mantel is very peaceful and elegant. I pray that Valentine's Day has a new and better meaning for you in the near future. MIKI

Stefanie said...

This is GORGEOUS! I adore that painting! You made it stand out by choosing the perfect simple compliments!!!! LOVE