This & That

DIY Paper Owl from 3EyedBear

diy owl

Saw this little cutie on How About Orange earlier today and had to share it with you. I wish I had found these little owls before Micah's birthday party! How cute would they be as table decorations?

Click on over to 3EyedBear to download a free printable template for this owl, which is available in several different color choices.

Until next time, grace and peace.

Hip Mom Jewelry :: Adoption Fundraiser

hip mom jewelry

This is just a quick post to point you in the direction of some cool jewelry that also happens to be a fundraiser for my old youth minister's family. They're in the process of adopting a baby from Africa, and, as many of you know, adoption is expensive. To help fund the process, Kelly signed up at Hip Mom Jewelry, where 30 percent of each purchase goes to help bring a baby home.

If you're looking for some unique jewelry and you want to help the Stewart's out, stop by the adoption page at Hip Mom Jewelry and enter code 2011JANSte at checkout. The Stewart family will then receive 30 percent of the purchase price, and you will have both a really nice piece of jewelry and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped some really great people.

The code is only good through January, so swing by and take a look if you're interested.

Until next time, grace and peace.

I am Resolved: Disciplined & Intentional Edition

disciplined and intentional

I don't generally make New Year's resolutions. I usually have a vague sense of a goal or two that I would like to accomplish during the year, but this year is different. I've been living a bit haphazardly lately, letting schedules slide and allowing situations dictate my days. Last week, I read a post about resolutions on Bloom that helped me clarify a theme for 2011. In the post, Danielle chose one word to define the upcoming year. Her word was gumption. As I mulled over all the different goals I have for this year, two words came to mind: disciplined and intentional.

Since I graduated from seminary and became a working from home staying at home mommy, I've lost a lot of the discipline that defined my life when I had four papers and three books to read each week. That lack of discipline has filtered into all sorts of areas of my life, and I'm ready to reclaim it. That explains why I chose disciplined as one of my theme words.

My reasons for choosing intentional are a bit different. Being a mother has forced me to question why I do the things I do. I want to raise a daughter who is thoughtful and mindful, which has forced me to become more thoughtful and mindful about how we do life in this household. I want to be intentional about the things we watch, the books we read, and the traditions we practice. I'm not interested in living haphazardly any longer, but I am interested in intentionally cultivating a sense of wonder and faith in my baby girl. That process starts with me.

Those words are my themes, and I've got lots of ways I'd like to see the words define this year. My list of goals runs from losing 25 pounds to paying off student loans to rising each morning with Dennis. I want to read the Bible using M’Cheyne's Bible Reading Plan and start a bit of Bible-reading with Micah. I plan to post more frequently, run a 5K, and sign up for more writing projects. I also want to read more books (which should be easy since this year I only finished one) and live more generously. Being disciplined and intentional will help me accomplish all of these things.

I am resolved to be a disciplined and intentional woman this year.

What have you resolved?

Until next time, grace and peace.