How Exciting!

If you follow my family blog, you will know that yesterday was one of those WOWSERS days! Seriously, my kiddos had me running yesterday.
Well, today has been an amazing mix of good and somewhat not so good. ha. First Brandon and I have joined the ranks of Daniel Fasters. It seems like everyone we know does the Daniel fast the first of the year. If you aren’t familiar with it {as I wasn’t}, the Daniel Fast is mainly fruits and veggies, water and legumes. It’s supposed to be extremely healthy for you, especially after a very bloated Christmas season of eating JUNK for about two months straight. ha. Ours, as I think most everyone else’s does as well, has spiritual significance as we are praying for a couple things, mainly our youth’s retreat that is coming up in two weekends, and lastly our year to come.
Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked, as usual. As I said, I wasn’t really familiar with the Daniel Fast. We have done some reading up on it but apparently I wasn’t doing the right reading because I realized last night I was doing the fast wrong {if there is such a thing}. I have been drinking my regular tea that I always drink and I guess tea isn’t allowed, especially tea that has CAFFEINE! ha. So today it is sans tead and I have a MAJOR headache. I mean serious headache. The kind that makes everything blurry and fuzzy. Oh boy. Say your prayers for me.
But besides that little hiccup, I have two exciting things to share…
I was interviewed by this incredible blog. You must go over and check it out, and leave a comment thanking Heidi for having me. When I went and checked out her lineup of women in business, I was extremely honored to be asked!!
and lastly…
See something familiar??
Yes!! It’s my Pink Polka Dot Brilla and its in a retail shop!!! Yippee!! In case you can’t see it, here it is again…
This is my first actual retail shop that I have been in. My friend Kay, who many of you Stocktonians will know as the former owner of Ocean Ave in the Lincoln Center, runs the gift shop at a local hospital here in Stockton, Dameron. She graciously took a hoodie to dress her mannequin in and see if there was any interest…and there was!! She sold one and ordered some more!! YAY!!  Brandon went down to drop the hoodies off and took these pictures, which is why they are a little dark as they were taken with his phone. I’m so excited for this little venture!
So today has been a good day overall {despite headache, ha}. I have no idea where God is taking Evy’s Tree but it has been so much fun today with these two exciting things popping up. Thank you everyone for following along and loving Evy’s Tree. It really does mean the world to me!
xoxo

What A Day!

I put this as my Facebook status update this morning:

“So this morning Evy has managed to dump an entire cup of milk on the ground, dig into the peanut butter jar with both hands and smudge it all over my computer, empty the crayon box all over the carpet and lastly get to the hand soap and lotion by the sink and rub herself down with both. This girl is far more mischievous than Jake ever was. THANK GOD for nap time!!”


And this was at 12:15. Right. Evy took a nap a little early this morning. She was a busy bee after all, so she must of needed the rest!





And then Jake got home from school, took a nap and seemed just as energized as Evy. They played 52 pick-up together and then “chair- skated” across the floor


And then danced to their little hearts content to “move it move it”. Evy was dancing so fast I couldn’t catch her. Jake on the other hand….



Notice the crayons have yet to be picked up?? Um, yeah, its been that kind of day. Here’s to hoping tomorrow is a calmer one! 

And PS…I am going to try to get caught up on a little blogging, mainly our trip to Disneyland and our Christmas pictures. Hopefully I can get those up. I am writing this little post script to hold myself accountable! ha. 

xoxo



Winner!!

Well, I had a blast with that christmas Picture Fun contest, how about you?!? I did NOT have fun however, tallying all these comments up! Wowsers, that was a lot of work! I counted, got interrupted, counted again, my kids wrote on the tally-ings so I had to count AGAIN. Sheesh.  All I know you guys have some great friends out there that would vote for you like that!
 
A couple things about this contest…not all of you followed the directions correctly, which is ok, as they were a bit confusing. I’m not sure I will try something like this on the blog again, it’s a bit difficult. But I will be doing something similar on facebook sometime in the future. As for the blog, I’ve already contacted my graphic designer to see if she could add numbers to the comments so you know what number you are when you comment, but for now you will have to take my word for it when I say Heather is the winner for the $40 shop credit from the comments random drawing. I tallied up all comments, took out the ones that were deleted and did random.org for a number. I’m sorry, but my kids wrote on that portion of paper so I can’t even tell you the number that Heather was, but here is her comment:
Heather said…
 

I am a follower of your blog.

 

Heather, I’m sorry, your blogger profile is blank, so could you email me your contact info to evystree@gmail.com? You have 48 hours from the hour this is posted to contact me and if I don’t hear from you we’ll have to pick a new winner! :) Congrats Heather! I hope you find something you love in the shop!

 

And on to the picture winner…

 

Wow, that was tough. There were several of you who were VERY VERY close. In fact I kinda wish I could have done a runner up as some of you were off by just a couple votes. :( But alas, there is only one winner for the matching $40 store credit and that person is:

 

Kristy and Ally Cooper!

 

 

Congrats Krisy and Ally! I love Ally in that Zebra Brilla…it looks darling on her! :)

 

Again, thanks everyone for playing along. I really loved seeing you all. Looking forward to doing something like this again!

 

Much love to you all!

xoxo

 

 

Stickers

So last night I posted my rather light New Years post. Here’s what I have REALLY been thinking the last week or so…

Last January I was very hurt by something. I wasn’t something that hurt me physically, and to be honest, if I told you what it was, you probably wouldn’t think it was that big of a deal. But it was. It was a very big deal to me. It crushed me. 

As I was thinking about the year 2010, I started thinking more about hurting people. You see I think I went through most of the beginning of 2010 hurting. My heart had been shattered and I felt so alone, so frustrated and really, super hurt. 

About 3 years ago, I broke my ankle. The how I broke my ankle is rather humorous now, but the healing process for this broken ankle most definitely was not. You see, I have small bones and my ankle was fractured on both sides, I needed pins, screws and plate to fix it. I was in a cast for 6 weeks, a bootie for 2 and had 6 weeks of physical therapy to get myself back to walking normally. And even then it took time. In fact, three years later, when I wake up on a cold foggy morning today, my ankle aches a little.

My ankle was, and probably still is, HEALING.

As Christians I think many of us fail in a certain area, and that area is grace. Webster defines grace as, “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification”. Don’t get me wrong, I think we do a wonderful job at extending grace to the down and out, the sinner on the street, and those we know need Jesus. But I think many times we forget to extend grace to the oldest saint, the choir member, the pastor and in my case, the pastor’s wife.

Just last week something happened that made me rethink my whole healing process last year. You see, I didn’t feel comfortable blurting out that I was hurt and healing. I’m a pastor’s wife, I should never share that information. In fact, I need to help others, so the best thing to do is avoid my hurt and healing all together and just lavish my love on others. That’s what I thought I needed to do to heal.

But it wasn’t working….and I realized this just a last month. I ran into a lady that I used to respect greatly. She has changed quite a bit and we don’t talk much anymore. I, in the back of my mind, kinda criticized her for some of her drastic lifestyle changes, and felt very irritated with her that she would walk away from what I felt was a very happy, healthy lifestyle. But when I saw her, I looked into her eyes and I recognized something. Something so real, so PERSONAL. I saw hurt in her eyes. The same hurt I have felt. And I saw healing taking place in her life. Healing that sometimes takes you down before it takes you up. But healing was there for her. 

I repented for my thoughts towards her. Because I was wrong. I showed no grace. And if I can’t show grace, how do I expect someone to show grace to me?

In my little hoodie factory, I recently implemented a sticker program. I use for everything it seems, orders,  organizing inventory, notes to seamstress and more importantly for “opps”hoodies. When I get a hoodie back from a seamstress that doesn’t meet the grade, I put a sticker on the hoodie and label it “opps”. You might think life is over for that little “opps” hoodie, but its not. It still has the chance for an opportunity to have a good home. The bones are still there in that hoodie. The hoodie itself is in great shape, and the rest of it usually is too, but perhaps a ruffle might not be even, the flower tilted slightly off, the consistency of the look is gone, but the cuteness and even desirableness of the hoodie is still there. It just wears a sticker that says “opps”.

And “opps” hoodie is still worth something.

And that got me thinking about our lives. Sometimes it would be so nice to have stickers in life. You know, like last year when I was hurting so much, it would have been so helpful to have a “HEALING sticker”. One I could place right on my forehead so that others would extend a little grace. Give me a little space. Allow me to make a couple mistakes or even a lot of mistakes. A healing sticker would let everyone know, “I’m still here, but just need a moment. Will be back shortly.”

And so yesterday I talked about Psalm 1. But here are my real thoughts. The scripture says: “blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

And that’s me!!! I strive to delight in the Lord, so if that is the case then:

 “…he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”


So that means I’m planted…rooted by HIM. By His living water. And my fruit will come. Kinda like my Meyer lemon tree that’s in my backyard. It’s there, its growing, but sometimes it has fruit and sometimes it doesn’t. BUT IT’S STILL THERE!! 



So what am I saying? I’m saying this….



Are you hurt? Do you need to heal? Slap a healing sticker on yourself so to speak and give yourself a little grace. And are you a person who had a hard time extending grace? Look for the sticker. It might not be a literal sticker, but there will be signs that will speak for itself. Look for them. And then LOVE. Extend GRACE. Because that fruit will come back. In its due season. It will. Just give it time.



Thank you Lord for the grace you have extended me this past year. Thank you for loving me and I pray that 2011 is a year filled with happiness, but if it’s not, I still love you. I still serve you. 



May God bless you all in 2011 with grace and love. And this post will have no picture. If this rambling was too much for you, you can just scroll down to last night and read the happy post. ha.

Love you all…

xoxo



Happy New Year!

So I’m a couple days late in wishing everyone a happy new year, but am I the only one who feels that this Christmas season was crazy?!

Sheesh…

Anyway, I don’t normally make new years resolutions, as I am horrible at breaking them, but here’s a couple things I hope to accomplish this year:

1. Finish Evy’s baby book. Yes, its embarrassing to say that I never completed it. Jake has an amazing one, Evy has a little info as I was so busy with Jake while pregnant to fill it out, but it ends completely once Evy’s Tree started back up. I.MUST.FINISH.IT.

2. Exercise 5 times a week according to the plan made for me by my good friend, Evy’s Tree Model and personal trainer Emily. Have you emailed her for a workout program? YOU SHOULD. She’s amazing. she has me working out only 30 mins a day. It’s a killer 30 mins, but its THIRTY MINUTES. That’s right, every working mother’s dream. Email her: eabercrombie@gmail.com

3.  Atttempt to create some sort of organization in my crazy state of living. Tackle the piles of papers that need to be filed, pay my bills online in time instead of calling over the phone 10 minutes before the due date, make sure that I keep all important papers and throw out un-necessary ones. What this really translates to is: my book keeper/assistant, Jen, will be working really hard to get me motivated. ha.

4.  Trust God to the fullest. Regardless of what doors open/shut for me…to believe for good when I only see bad, to have FAITH when I only feel like having doubt. Basically stand even when it doesn’t seem like you should keep standing…because it will pay off. Psalm 1 has been going through my mind:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”



5. Read through the Bible in one year. Thank God for the One Year Bible!! I LOVE THAT BIBLE!



And lastly,



6. Enjoy my life. I am prone to be so busy that I don’t notice what God has blessed me with. My healthy, happy kids, my lovely {although somewhat cluttered, ha} home, my handsome, amazing, unbelieveable husband..you get it. I need to be sooo much more thankful for my life. And I need to spend so much more time with those I love. Work hard never replaces loving hard. :)



And with that being said…my kiddos:



Jake wrapped up some of his toys for “Jesus”. I love it. 




I asked him to pose by the tree and this is what I got… 





Upclose of the THREE year old going on 15. YIKES. Seriously when did I get a teenager?!?



And my girl…see that chair? Well she pushes it around the room to get to things she wants. If it is quiet in the kitchen, well, you know something’s up. Like this photo…see the chocolate around her mouth? and the unwrapped Hersey Kisses on the floor? 


Yup, she got into the bowl. The little booger! ha.


xoxo

Matilda Jane Giveaway

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you all had a blast last night. Brandon and I just sat at home and relaxed. The kids went to bed early, I cleaned the house before bedtime, so it was FAB to just sit in a clean living room and chat. Sometimes I feel like we are together all the time, but don’t actually see each other, you know what I mean? I was so nice to have a peaceful evening! :)
Anyway, this will be quick as we are headed out the door to my parents to celebrate the Wollmer Family Chirstmas. I’ll update you all on my Christmas over at our family blog sometime on Monday, not that anyone is really concerned. ha.
MATILDA JANE
How many of you got excited just reading those words?!? Well then you will love this…my dear blogging friend Jenni is giving away several dresses, worth about $200 of Matilda Jane. All you have to do is go on over and enter to win…and you can do that by clicking HERE.
And if you don’t already know Jenni, you will love her!! She and her family are so darling.
And lastly, don’t forget to vote for blog post #3…just scroll down to the last post to do so. Good luck to everyone entering into Jenni’s contest as well as Evy’s Tree!
xoxo