Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordy Wednesday

Words have power 
They impact us and others 
You can't deny it when someone says something sweet to you 
your heart takes flight
you stand a little taller 
Your smile gets a little bigger 
In fact you yourself will open your mouth and give out more encouragement 
and sweeter words to others when you yourself feel loved.
Gossip is less. Judgement dissolves. Resentment fades. 
When we focus more on what matters when we weigh our words 
the former is less and less and is replaced with 
life-giving grace filled kind of words that melt our hearts and others
Lets focus on life giving words 
Lets be generous with encouragement
When you need encouragement do you look for it? 
Do you read the bible to feel refreshed?
Do you wait for it to come to you?
Don't!Don't just wait for it. Look for it. Read up. Renew your mind.
Ask God to show you how much he loves you. The reminder of his 
love for you can come in so many ways...if your open to it
Hey Pintrest has a well of abundant words to choose from some uplifting and some 
are so dang cute and funny! ENJOY...









Dear reader you are loved,treasured,beautiful 
and most important YOU MATTER and YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!!

Happy Wordy Wednesday!!
with much love, this girls journey




Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Honey ruled the day...

Last night I did a face mask that i hadn't done in awhile
 but i absolutely love the feeling it gives my skin when i do.
I need to do more mask more often!!:)
Yes your face will be extremely shiny and sweet:)
So i wanted to share it with you guys:
The Honey Mask
Apply pure honey(straight from the bottle) 
to your face and neck. Allow it to set and dry(about 15minutes)
Rinse with warm water and that's it!:)
Enjoy lovelies Hope your having a great Tuesday so far!
Today I'm sick with a head cold and sound very much like Kermit the frog.
Every time I sneeze Violet giggles and i try to capture it on my camera but no such luck..
So my best friends today are honey,lemon,tea and this beautiful cup that i swiped from my hubby:)
Nothing works as good and taste as good as my lemon&honey tea. Yummy:)

with much love, this girls journey
P.S. Its Taco Tuesday..No dinner plan worries LOVE IT!! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shine Shine Shine


OK so all over the blog world I had been hearing about this Shine project...
So I had to check this out!
Its exciting. Its amazing. 
And its exactly what I've been praying about!! 
No mistake that yesterday of all days I run into this blog. 
Now I know what gods been showing me and why he wanted me to have a more open mind to finding a new purpose, a passion, a new way to give.
Definitely check out Ashley LeMieux's amazing mission and blog here: The Shine Project
Be apart of the Shine project!! 
Start your own way to Shine in your community. 
There's so many ways to be involved!

Here's the idea behind The Shine Project:"Pass it Forward"
from Ashley herself:)



Pass It Forward was designed to get people to do little things, everyday, that makes an impact on the community around them. Pass it Forward is designed around a card. Each card is given a unique ID number. Lets say we're at McDonalds, and I decide to pay for the person behind me in the drive through. I'd give the cashier the card, and tell them to pass it along to the next car when the give them the food that has been paid for. I then go home and log into the website that was on the card, and find my unique ID number. I log into it, and add my information... My first name, city, and a description of what I did....
If the person behind me was you, you would pass it forward to someone else, 
and then would go home and do the same thing.
From the very beginning, you will be able to track where your card goes, and how many people you affect just by doing one simple act of kindness.

Cards will be given with every purchase from the SHOP, or you can purchase a pack of 10 for very cheap from the shop as well. Portions of all proceeds go to the shine scholarship project, so you can feel good about your purchase.

I'm excited to see how many people we affect by doing this.
Imagine tracking your card, and over a period of time, seeing that 100 other people
had good things happen to them just because you did something simple.
On Fridays, I'll be sharing stories that were sent in to me about
how someone ended up with the card, or what a person did to pass it forward.
We're spreading The Shine Project as far as we can...
The more people it reaches, the more lives will be changed.
I am so grateful to have you on this journey.


If you would like to help spread this new project,
please share with your friends on facebook, twitter, pinterest...whatever.
We're changing the world, let's do it big.

So there you have it friends!! 
I couldn't be more excited to be apart of this and  
I will be blogging more about things like this in future. Sharing more of what god is doing beyond my little world.
I can not wait to see what happens next!!:)

Happy Fridays lovelies!!
SHINE ON

with much love, this girls journey


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Taco Tuesday;)

Shopping for Tuesdays supper makes me laugh.
We all know if its Tuesday its TACO TUESDAY:)

Our 7year old princess Jasmine decided this, since I don't even remember when...

So here I was shopping our local Hy-vee searching for some idea what to make tonight and then it hit me..:)
Its Tuesday duh!!! So just grab some shells, sour cream and salsa
and your set chicA!

Taking joy in the simple things today. 
Like watching Violet play with her grandpa Jose this morning was pure JOY. I'm so thankful to have my daddy still..
Thanking God and thinking that I'm in need of vocalizing my thankfulness more and more.

What are you most thankful for today? 
Are you finding JOY in the simple things?
Tell me:)

Here are some pictures of our Violet Joy sporting her new shoes from HaddyGrace Designs.

They are so soft and comfy on your little ones feet.
And these are the best shoes for high arched and small feet.
Violet has three other HaddyGrace shoes and they are the best fit!
We love them so much!!:)




See she loves her shoes!!

Ruthann is the creator/designer of this awesome shop. 
She's an amazing woman.
And she is my friend:)
 Packed with a load of talent she continues to inspire 
and amaze me with all she does!! She is a mama a 4 too!! 

Go check out her Etsy shop here: HaddyGracedesigns Shop
And her blog here: HaddyGracedesigns

You will love the beautiful things she makes for your precious kids!!

Happy Taco Tuesday Lovelies!!!
with much love, this girls journey



Monday, February 20, 2012

A NEW DO:)

30 is coming!!!


This Mama needed

Something NEW!!

BANGS!!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!
I have never had them! EVER!! 
Straightener's for a girl with heavy curls and frizz were not exactly a option back in the day. So explains why I never crossed that bridged to have BANGS:)
NEW
FRESH
And a little uncomfortable


I had to coach myself into trying something new..HARD for me!!
I have had the same long hair in awhile and I was craving a change
I just didn't know how drastic a change to make..

I mean I will be 3o this year!!! And trying new things and making
some pretty awesome goals for my next 30yrs is exciting so why not a NEW DO....RIGHT:)

Oh boy!! I know i will be battling this for some days to come but God your just going to have to help me get over myself and HAIR!! LOL

I keep doing double takes in the mirror. Um who the heck are you?? 
It will take some time...

1 out of 4 kids like my hair…LOL Violet cannot vote:)
James loves it and well his opinion counts the most...right?;)


Violet might be the only one who likes my hair!!lol
Beyond the HAIR. Last night well late late last night I should say!
I finally finished "Downton Abbey"!
*TEARS*
I cried so much during this last episode. Now I know what everyone was talking about!!!!

The bags under my eyes I carry today say was it worth it?? Oh yeah you bet it was!!

It was awesome, amazing, lovely, the kind of finish to a next exciting chapter that you can't wait to jump into type of Finale.

I cannot wait to start the next season.. REALLY can't wait!!:0)

P.S. I have some really cute pictures coming up with the cutest baby EVER (OK I'm bias:)
and her NEW shoes!!
....and did anyone notice the diaper sitting on my lamp in the pics..I just did!WOW!!

Happy Monday lovelies!
with much love, this girls journey



Friday, February 17, 2012

Fabulous Friday!!!! Yippee:)

Fabulous Friday finds me looking forward to this….


Yep we shall see how our adventurous date night plays out this time:)


Reading here HERE@kellehampton this morning shed some new and inspiring light to my parenting go and read it too:)



Don't get tweets:-?/

This just made me LAUGH!!:)
Convictions and that annoying beep sound every time there's a new tweet has been banned from my phone until further notice. It was becoming a distraction and annoying everyone around me:(
But no WORRIES!!!
I will still tweet&check twitter on the computer and tweet back, maybe hours after you have tweeted something clever and it has become irrelevant.…:)


Friday pictures of this special girl makes my heart swell.
We found her like this posing over her cheer bear:)


Her #1 frustration not getting every toy in her mouth!


Big girl
Its no Instagram photo dump(which I totally crave now!)
 but they still rock:)

Hope your having a great Friday and wishing you a even better weekend!!
with much love, this girls journey

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday:)

"Come and discover the unhurried rhythms of grace". from 
Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson= A must READ!!:)
These are the magnified words on this book i've been relishing this week.
Its been a challenging read. I put it down often to think and reflect so much. 
I want to be changed and transformed. I desire abundant simplicity. 
A life that is more deliberate with my actions and my words..

"To live deliberately means to move slowly, to look people in the eyes when they speak to us and to follow up on the ideas that the spirit has possibly nudged us with. We find more satisfaction in this than in getting things done(being productive, acquiring more things or obtaining other's approval".

Finding this book was no accident. I was praying about something very 
specific that i needed help with and wisdom. 
And like the sweet father God is he answers and delivers.

I was in a very productive trap all morning. I think i only gave myself a couple of minutes of devotional time and then i was of trying to tackle my to do list..clean bedrooms,laundry,dishes, make another grocery list,check emails,finish Etsy stuff,eat lunch..yes i actually write down eat lunch! So you get the picture. I wanted to get this all done before 3. 

But I stopped and realized where I was going with all this. Because in my heart i felt rushed and unsettled and unhappy. I looked over at Violet who was rolling over and i just wanted to sit with her and play…so i did:)
And we played patty cake her favorite, that brings loads of giggles and pick a boo which brings even more. This little girl loves to laugh.
After that we cuddled on the couch and we fell asleep with her little pudgy fingers over my face, it was heavenly.
 As i woke up i had a feeling like the one you get when someone is watching you and sure enough a pair of the most 
beautiful blue eyes was watching me sleep.
I could have missed this all.
And truly I don't want to miss a thing!!!

Happy thursday lovelies!!
with much love, this girls journey

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dedicated 2 the 1 I LOVE:)

My Valentine:)


For warned this is mushy lovey dovey type blog post about
Him.
Hey its Valentines Day!!

Dear James,
I remember when we met I thought you had the biggest smile(perfect Colgate type of smile!)
I remember you were such a flirt you kept trying to catch my eye and trying to impress me with all your basketball skills…it did:)
I remember how the first time we talked in the phone it was so easy. We were friends right away.
I remember our first date..with my little brother in tow! I was 
17 you were 20:)
I remember when I asked you what your intentions were with me and you right away new what to say.

I remember warning you about if you wanted to date me you would have to talk with my mom&dad. And I kept thinking if he's the real deal he'll stay because mom can be SCARY and I knew she'd give him tough time&questions!

I remember listening with my brother on the top of the stairs to my mom and dad
grilling you. And you asking if you could court me..we were giggling the whole time.Lol! But afterwards i cried tears of joy because I knew then we would someday be married.

I remember how I would miss you so much i could not wait to hug you!!

I remember when you said 'i felt like home to you".

I remember walking down the isle to you and wanting to run into your arms.

I remember dreaming about having kids and then six months later we were pregnant with TWINS. The best thing that ever happened to us:)



I remember knowing you would be a great daddy someday.

I remember how hard and fast we had to grow up. 

This is what I know now..
I know that God has been writing our love story. That he's never wanted us to give up on US. 

I know that things spoken over us when we were first married made it really hard for us to have confidence in where we were going and in our marriage…but God used even that for good:)

And even though the world would tell us to quite when things got to hard I'm so happy we didn't listen!!!

I know that God always came through in every crisis in our marriage. 

I know that I'm more in love with you now then when I walked down the isle and became your Bride.

I know that God continues to pour out his love and wisdom into our life so we can grow as couple.

I know that you were always the man I was suppose to marry!

I know that learning how to really LOVE you has been the biggest and most rewarding thing.

I know that we still look forward to spending time alone and sharing our hearts to each other and I don't take that for granted!!!

I know that I'm blessed to have you!

I know that I want to grow old with you and 12years is not enough.

I know I can't wait to see where God has us in the next 12years:)

I know I don't just believe in You and ME, I believe in the heavenly father that has begun a great work in us and he's just not finished with us yet!!

I love you James Nicholas, my best friend, champion, lover..
you could have picked any girl in the world and you picked ME:)…

with much love, your girl

Saturday, February 11, 2012

This Mama needs..

You know sometimes mama just needs a day out!!!
Man I need to do something with my HAIR!!

That's right you heard me. Its way overdo too.
And listen I LOVE my babies but I also know that to be the best mama I can be I need to make time for myself…
Which is why today leaving Violet with papa&grams never sounded sweeter....
why does even typing that make me feel guilty??..
I think I know but I don't want to own that feeling. You see I want to pretend that I'm superwoman. I want to be all things at all times. I want to meet every ones needs. I want to say that I never get tired of being a full time mom of 4. But lets face it you know I'd be lying…
I'm just trying to do my best and leaving room for God to do the rest in me and through me so I can really be a blessing to my family and friends. When I start to unravel at the seams I know its been to long since I've taken sometime for just me. And this just makes me angry at myself for waiting that long to..aaaghhhh OK enough guilt! 
MOVING ON to the sweetest of news…
ITS DATE NIGHT:)
yep and its been AWHILE too. We have had many weekends
away but its been with the whole clan in a tiny hotel room..yeah 
not exactly a recipe for ROMANCE..NOPE!

So here sits this tired mama pumping milk like nobodies business so that her sweet baby can make it through the night without her..
*tears* I have been away from her twice now overnight and I still burst into tears on our date night at least once.
My hubby understands and lets me cry it out:)
I'm sore and typing at the same time geez I'm talented!LOL
NO but seriously being a mom is work and since its work and yes the most amazing privilege we will ever have on this earth. 
Keep in mind that your sanity and heart is so precious to your family too. 
Take care of yourself. Treat yourself to something that makes your heart glad.Go out with your girlfriends. Go and get a babysitter for the kids and have a date night with your man. And don't just wait till Valentines day for romance either..
that's a whole other post! 

 Anyways I hope you have a lovely Saturday night lovelies!
Because this girls got a date with her BOYFRIEND..:)

Now what to wear???:)

with much love. this girls journey

Friday, February 10, 2012

LOVE SERIES& FUN TIPS

I'm reading and learning about the
  Love Languages from Gary Chapmans book all over again!
Learning how to meet my children's love needs is something I need to learn again. And it's been good learning what mine are too.

Mine is face to face Quality time and Gifts.
Whats your Love language? Do you know? Find out??:)
TELL ME!
Not only that but this book also helps pinpoint 
the love languages of your significant other 
and even all other relationships. Because its basically all 
the same, and lets face it we all have
different needs, and ways that we feel treasured and loved.
Learning that has been opening my eyes to where I drop the ball in some of my relationships. I understand the people in my life better when I see what speaks to their heart…then comes the ACTION part:) God will have to help me in that area!
So yes I'm definitely recommending this to you guys you won't regret reading it for sure!

Moving on to something fun for Friday and the weekend.
Here's some at home ingredients you can use at home that work and are AMAZING!

-Wheat Germ Oil
Available in health food stores, wheat germ oil is effective in 
keeping skin elastic, and preventing and treating stretch marks!
You can use this on your tummy and breast area.

-Sweet almond oil
Also available at health food stores, almond oil is ideal for removing makeup,helping eyelashes grow, and as a moisturizer for extremely dry skin. It also soothes sunburned skin. Wow isn't this product awesome!! When I buy this it last forever and it cost me only $6bucks…WINNING:)

Happy Friday&weekend Lovelies!

with much love, this girls journey

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

L-O-V-E

I'm Loving all the LOVE
Hearing about it. Reading about it. Receiving it. 
You can say it! 
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
And today Pinterest is rocking my world!
For the LOVE of Pinterest:)

..But 1st let me share about something i was listening to on the radio this afternoon. It was so good it was about marriage and how we can learn to LOVE each other even when we are having are Ugly moments. To Love with grace. To remember we did not marry a perfect being. 
To grow in your marriage by learning why
we react or behave the way we do. 
Talk to each other about your childhood your past or present troubles. 
Your wound. It requires that we ask. We become more available to each other.
In those moments when he's not so lovable. Love him anyway. Say to yourself
'he is not this behavior he is more than this. I love him even more knowing his heart is hurting and he needs my unconditional love.

It was soooo good!!
 Really I was crying buckets all the way home!
I seriously had to see my hubby right away and kiss him!!
i know our human nature is to love someone when they are obviously being lovable RIGHT.. But how about when they are ugly..childish..GRACE GRACE
And this isn't something that I've come away learning and appreciating for only my marriage but also friendships my relationships. Do I show them GRACE LOVE too?? 
Totally convicted here! 
How many times do i stop reaching out or being available to a friend because they have been unlovable?? or not having it all together..its messy..it takes my time..
I'm SELFISH.
Because I'm easily a introvert independent person 
I can easily go selfishly away into my own world.
Praying about this! Laying it all down…

But now I bet you want to see some LOVE
I Love owls..i think i may be a little obsessed!

Still makes me feel weak to knees when my hubby says this:)

If Jasmine would let me!

PRETTY!!

My champion. My Lover. My best friend.

Our Violet..really how can I not LOVE her!

"He has taken me to the banquet hall, and His banner over me is LOVE." Song of Songs2:4
*TEARS*
God bless your Wednesday lovelies,  Mucho mucho!!
with much love, this girls journey