Gratefulness and Hope in the Midst of Chaos

I have had a couple of hard months…well let me be honest. I’ve had a couple of hard years. A lot of plans that never panned out, failed relationships, financial trials and most of all emotional and spiritual struggles. This week while conversing with a friend, he asked me why I have so much faith that things will get any better, “Why are you so hopeful?” he asked. I was caught of guard and for a second I didn’t know how to answer. I have to admit I felt defensive and slightly hurt, as if I was being ridiculed or made to feel gullible. My response was a weak, “I don’t know. I just am”.

I have been reflecting on this all week and I’ve come to the following conclusion. I am hopeful because I am grateful. Though many things have not gone as desired in my past, there has been so much that has gone perfectly and incredibly well, mostly those things that where never in my plan, but perhaps, in someone else’s. During times where I could have been on the streets, I was provided shelter, when unemployed, I had food and clothing to keep my family clothed and fed. We often try to forget our past, but it it so essential to our present and our future. When we reflect on our past, we have no choice but to be grateful for our present, and excited for our future.

Today my daughter said her bedtime prayer. In it she said, “Thank you God for the things you have given us and because you always take care of us, oh and thank you for the awesome day I am going to have tomorrow”. I felt such an immense joy.

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

What are you grateful for? What brings you hope?

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So you have dreams…now what??

For the most part, we all leave high school and college dreaming of grandeur and fantastic and purposeful lives. We are quickly given a reality check, as life interrupts and we suddenly find ourselves left in a world that seems uncertain and at times scary. Searching and looking for security, we grab on to what appears safe and known, and so we follow the crowed day in and day out, just going through the motions and dreaming of a day, where we will finally be able to reach these once forgotten dreams.

Well, the reality is that perhaps as children and even grown adults, we are encouraged far more than needed. We are taught to dream, but not the steps necessary to gain the character building qualities needed to achieve them. Perhaps we should have been taught more about taking purposeful actions and perseverance. Today’s post is a video blog, please check it out! I hope it inspires someone to just leap….while strap to a parachute, of course.

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I AM BACK!

It has been a long hiatus guys, but I am finally back! So what has happened in the past year, you ask? Too much. Mayah and I have moved and are back to living on our own, which has been really nice. We now have a new dog named Winston and we have ventured into growing a garden. Life as usual, continues to be eventful. All these new changes have given me lots to post about and I am very excited to hear from you all in return. I would love to get feedback from you all on what topics interest you and what project/diy’s you would like to see. Hope to hear from yall!

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Lili and Maddie..

So here it is, our first foray into the world of blogging. What can we say..well, we actually have lots to say and this seems like the best method to get our thoughts on everyday life out to all of you. We are daughters, sisters, mothers, wife and me, the single mom, with tons experiences, craftiness and tips on life that we hope can be of value to mothers and all women from all walks of life.

Here we will capture small bits and pieces of our daily life, be it diy’s, craft projects, fashion and beauty, lifestyle topics, recipes and ways to just simplify life (who doesn’t want a simple life?!). If anything we hope this can become, the place you go to for that fifteen minute work break, the first place you check for that easy crock pot recipe, your favorite blog to check into before bed, because you simply need a laugh, at the end of a hectic day.

This has been a year in the making and we hope you make it, your home away from home.

RH&L