Archive for January 2015

Be Overwhelmed

Country Sunset

So how’s your new year going? Off to a frenzied start? Feeling overwhelmed yet?

I set a lot of personal goals for this year and I am chomping at the bit to tackle them and take on some new projects. But for right now, it seems, those things are kept just out of reach by the routines and responsibilities that fill up my days. I feel like I’ll never have the chance to accomplish all the other things that are on my heart. I know of others who are dealing with much bigger issues.

The song “Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave, has been going through my mind nearly non-stop as of late. I thought I’d share it here as an encouragement to anyone who needs to be reminded of what should be overwhelming us. I hope you can take a moment to turn up the volume, listen, and lay your burdens down at the feet of our overwhelming God. He loves us and He’s got this.


Recycled Gift Wrapping Hack

Tissue box gift wrap hackWell, Happy New Year!

I know. I haven’t posted for a while and this post may seem a day late and a dollar short, BUT it’s still useful if you, like me, have plenty of birthdays coming up in the new year!

Backstory: It was Christmas Eve and my daughter confided in me that she didn’t have a gift for her brother. I told her that all shopping was done and that she would need to either find or make something. A moment later I remembered that I had an extra container of gum, which would be the perfect gift for her to give her brother. She agreed. {disaster averted}

At the same moment that I was suggesting the gum gift to her, I picked up an empty tissue box with the intent of throwing it away. And then it all seemed to magically come together. I set it on the kitchen table and noticed some used tissue paper on the counter. It coordinated with the box perfectly. Whoo-hoo, my lucky day.

Empty tissue box, recycled tissue paper and "the gift."

Empty tissue box, recycled tissue paper and “the gift.”

I wrapped the gum in the tissue paper and stuck it inside the box.

I wrapped the gum in the tissue paper and stuck it inside the box.

In a flash, the gum was wrapped and under the tree!

Ella added a gift tag.

My daughter added a gift tag.

I just picked up another empty tissue box. How convenient! My son’s birthday is only a couple of weeks away!

{I've got some big plans for this little guy.}

{I’ve got a plan for this little guy.}