31 Days: Soccer and Family

Tonight we were able to catch the last half of my niece’s soccer game. She subbed for the team since they were running short on players thanks to a few injuries and sicknesses. She is so athletic and I’m so proud of her. My sister and I decided that she did NOT inherit the Wollmer non-competive genes. She sure gets in there and takes charge. We love you Britt!

Note the gorgeous colors? Our small private school has the most beautiful field surrounded by the Sonoma County hills and lovely trees that are changing the leaves. So breathtaking and so much fun to sit and watch games there. 

After the game we went to Lepe’s Taqueria together. If you have never had food at an authentic taqueria then I’m pretty sure you have never had authentic Mexican food. :) Santa Rosa {and all of the wine country, really} is filled with them, thanks to the migrant workers to flood this area to work on the vineyards. We are so blessed that they bring their food with them…its AMAZING. Come see us, we’ll take you! :)

My sister, Jake and Britt

Britt, Jake, Evy and Niel, the niece’s and nephew’s good friend

Today I am thankful for soccer games and family. Because tonight, as I sat there…WITH MY HUSBAND {whoohoo!}, my kiddos and my family, I thanked God once again that I get to be in Santa Rosa and experience this time together. I feel so thankful that I am able to see my nieces and nephews play sports and I get to just spend a good evening together, without having to rush back out of town to get home. Thank you, Lord. Your ways and timing are always perfect! :)

Thank you to everyone who read yesterdays post and either commented or sent me emails or texts. I love you.

And have you entered in the giveaway? What are you waiting for?? Don’t forget, the giveaway is only for the Charcoal black Diana Wrap, NOT THE COLOR ONES…so if you want one, get one! {HERE}

xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Trust

Just so you aren’t confused…the post that many of you probably read this morning, was for yesterday. BUT since I typed it yesterday {ok, very, very late yesterday}, I felt it would be best, especially since I have missed several days, if I did a 31 days for today. Besides, I have something on my heart that I want to write on so you’re going to get it whether I call it “31 Days” or not. ha. I know, you’re so excited. You can stop jumping up and down. :)

** Diana Wraps are now listed HERE. Please remember that only the charcoal black wrap is being offered in the giveaway, so if you want one of the colors, snag them before they are gone! :)**

To be honest {I really hate when I say that. I am way too honest, way too much!}, I have so much I want to share with you. I should really just sit down and write a bunch of posts, schedule them and be done with it, but there are two problems with that:

1. I feel that might not make this authentic, I want you to know what I am thankful for TODAY…right NOW. You know? 

2. Who has time for that?!? ha. 

So today I am going to verbally vomit for a second. I have been told that I need to ask permission before I vomit, so….

Do you mind if I verbally vomit for a second? No? Well, thanks! :)

So this week I kinda had a moment where I really questioned God. Have you ever had those? If you have followed this blog over the last year, you know that our family made some major changes to our life. And we did going purely on “faith”. On “trust”. Brandon stepped down from a wonderful position as a youth pastor and moved into full time evangelism. That translates to…

Stability —-> No Stability

Or we could say it like this:

Steady paycheck —–> No Steady Paycheck

OR if you want to get really technical you could say:

Routine —–> NO Routine

I think out of those three comparisons I just listed, the routine one is hardest one for me to swallow at the moment. Stability comes and goes. Money is never enough… it comes and goes and God seems to always take care of us. But because I am naturally drawn to routine, well, the lack of it around is killer.

This morning, my kiddos did what they do most morning…what has become routine for them. They stumble into our room after they hear my alarm go off, walk up to my bedside, peer over me and ask, “Is Daddy home yet?” Since he typically takes a 6 am flight out of SFO to most places, he usually leaves our house at 3 am to catch that flight. And since he usually tries to stay as late as possible without adding on extra days to his trip, he normally gets home in the middle of the night. So if you tell the kids, “Daddy will be home tomorrow”, they usually think when they wake up in the morning he will be there, which is not always the case.

It’s a hard reality for them.

This morning, when they said that, my heart wanted to break. See, we are REALLY, TRULY, stepping out on faith here. We went from having Brandon with us almost all the time to him being gone a lot. It’s very hard on the kids. Thankfully, they seem to be adjusting, but the first couple days of any trip he takes are pretty rough. This morning when I dropped Evy off at school, she said to her teacher, “Daddy is coming home today!”

My heart burst.

Let me honest friends, this isn’t perhaps the easiest route for us to take. No amount of beautiful home, lovely living environment, great family surroundings can make up for it. Then why do you do it, you ask? Well, we feel this is where God has placed us for the moment. And regardless of whatever job situation God puts in our path, we just don’t feel that it’s what is right for us NOW. Not that it wouldn’t be in the future, it’s just that we don’t feel a release.

Without making you think I am complaining {because believe me, I am SO THANKFUL for all of you who have my husband minister at your churches. I love and appreciate you all so much. You think he is blessing you, but by having him speak, you are blessing us}, I got kinda mad this week. I told the Lord, “I’m done God. This is too hard.” I cried. I admit it. Superwoman I am not. I told the Lord that I wished we were “normal” and “not in the ministry”. I’m sorry if this is too much information for you, but it is what it is. I told Him that I wish Brandon just had a regular job where we could put roots down and not worry about where God is going to call us or place us or tell us to go next. I want to have some stability, job security, assurance that my family will be in one place for a while. I admitted that I was scared and I really let Him have it regarding my thoughts. Sad, I know.

But then I started thinking…you know, who am I kidding? Even if we had a “regular job”, NOTHING is EVER secure. EVER. God always has His way. Even when you don’t realize it. Working a regular job doesn’t mean it’s secure, or “for sure”. Job security is a very foreign concept now a days. And not to mention, God could decide He wants you move to Timbuktu and wahlah…you could lose your job and/or be transferred. We ALL, regardless if we are in the ministry or not, need to be trusting that God has our best interest in mind and that He will do what is best for us. When a door shuts, He ALWAYS has a another one open!

TRUST. It’s what being a Christian…NOT just a preacher {or a preacher’s wife}, is all about. You trust daily. With your family, your life, your career. You TRUST. Because things are not for sure. EVER.

I have spent the last couple days telling the Lord I trust Him. I believe in Him. I know that He knows what is best for us. Remember our move? Or how about the amazing Evy’s Tree success? Or how about the fact that we are able to put food on our table still?? He hasn’t forgotten us. Ever.

Please forgive me for being honest and I hope that I’m not speaking too plainly. But I felt to share this, because I do feel there are probably many other wives out there, whether ministers wives or not, that feel like I did this week…stuck, abandoned, scared. I want to tell you something I felt the Lord tell me in that moment…

IT’S OK. It’s ok to feel lost, abandoned, scared. He understands that. All throughout scripture we see many men of God feel like way. Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul. It’s common. But what I love about our God is that He doesn’t walk away…but He loves. And because He LOVES,  I TRUST.

So today I am thankful for the ability to trust. Because trusting takes away so much fear and doubt. It automatically erases the ability to be scared. Regardless of what place you are in life, when you trust, you know that it will all work out. And today I am thankful for that.

I love you Lord. I trust that you know what you are doing for the Miraflor family. I pray that you guide us and give us wisdom for the future. Especially now with my kids. Give me the wisdom to parent them on my own sometimes. Thank you for what you have done in our lives. And I pray for my friends who are reading along….help them to trust. I know you also have THEIR best interest in mind.

Love you friends. xoxo

“Trust in the Lord with thine whole heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding. In all thy way acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

I’m alive, 31 days, and a GIVEAWAY

So I have a computer. Sort of.

Brandon has spent the last two days trying to “migrate” {whatever THAT means} my old computer onto the new computer….apparently it’s not happening. So for now I have all my files, programs, etc on a hard drive and when he gets home {he’s gone again, surprise, surprise} he is going to try to fix it all. What a mess! In case you missed it {or maybe I never told you, ha}… my precious little white macbook became possesed and started doing crazy things like working the mouse by itself and opening random programs on it’s own. It was pretty creepy. At first we thought I had caught a virus, but after looking a little deeper into it, Brandon feels I just had it overloaded to the max and it was time to upgrade. Thankfully, he had just bought a macbook pro but was wanting a macbook air {*yawn*…I know this story is super boring} SOOOOOO…we did a little switch-a-roo. He is selling his ipad to help pay for this, if anyone is interested. We are also selling the white macbook as now that we have it clean it works great {go figure, right? ugh}.

ANYWAY…I have been unable to access much for the last couple days. It’s been quite interesting, trying to run a business from my iphone. I hear people do such things. Hmmm, major props people, whoever you are. After just an hour of trying to read my emails from my phone, I was a goner. So.not.fun.

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31 Days: Shopping with mom

I’m not sure if I am the only person has these great memories of shopping with their mom as a kid, but I have to be honest and say those are some of my favorite memories ever. When my parents moved to Santa Rosa, I was in 3rd grade. They came from the San Francisco suburbs and my mom was used to shopping at Nordstroms and I.Magnin. When we arrived at the Santa Rosa mall, well, let’s just say they had a Gap. And that was pretty much it. My mom didn’t seem to consider Macy’s a store {I know, I know, horrible, but it is what it is, ha}.

Anyway, she set out on a hunt for the closest Nordstrom, and we stumbled upon Corte Madera’s The Village. It was about a 40 min drive from our house. My mom gladly made that trip a couple times a month, and usually it was with us kids in tow. I have SUCH wonderful memories of the Walden books that used to be where Pottery Barn is now… my mom would let me hang out in the Baby Sitters Club section while she shopped- and I read and reread all my favorite books. Often, when we were coming home from visiting our grandparents in San Francisco, Corte Madera would be our pit stop…to use the restroom, get something to eat, walk around. Needless to say, I have been shopping there for nearly 30 years and I can tell you many of it’s transformations. {There used to be an awesome food court with a Sabarros, Boudin and this great hamburger place. It even had a sushi joint at one point. Anthropologie and Pottery Barn moved in and now all that’s left is Boudin- not that I’m complaining ;(.} Today the village has become very upscale and has nearly all the stores you’d want to frequent, and is super animal friendly and kid friendly.

Now that I am an adult, I have to be honest and say, there is still nothing as wonderful as shopping with my mom. I love walking around, trying clothes on and asking her opinions, and eating together. For the years that I lived in Stockton, these shopping trips were few and far between, but now that I am home in Santa Rosa, it’s so awesome to call my mom up and say, “Hey Mom, Evy and I are headed to Corte Madera tomorrow, want to come?”

My mom is always so good about wanting to get us stuff while we are there. When I was single and newly married, I felt such a huge amount of guilt that my mom would still buy me things. But now as a mom myself, I get it. If I had a little extra, there would be no way I wouldn’t want to buy things every now and then for my daughter, and eventually her daughter. It would be my privilege. SOOOO I was forced {ha, joke}, to buy myself a new pair of sunglasses today, courtesy of my mother.

I have had the same pair of sunglasses for nearly seven years {see a pattern here? Yup, I buy nice things and wear them OUT. ha}. I did buy another pair {the SAME kind} a couple years ago, but they recently got dropped down my driveway and are all scratched up {in case you were wondering what all those scratches were, well now you know. yikes.}. So my mom told me it was time. I usually tend to go for middle of the line Marcs by Marc Jacobs. They hold up so well and seem to go good with my style. Whatcha think?? :)

Today I am thankful for shopping trips with my mom. They are so much fun. And I am so happy that my Evy gets to experience that fun as well. She had a blast running around the mall today. Thanks mom for coming with us and for my new glasses!!

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Diana wraps…GUYS, I have GOT to get these listed! They are all sitting around the studio waiting to be shipped out. And they are gorgeous!

A lightweight, heathered grey fabric

A lovely dark orange color, in a thicker weight fabric

A light lavender color, in a heavier weight fabric

An eggplant color in a lightweight fabric

An emerald color in a lightweight fabric

A light orange color in a lightweight fabric

A note about these Diana Wraps: I drove down to LA especially for material for these wraps. You might remember that we are trying to clean out all our fabric and hoodies that we have around here, making room for our manufactured goods. And since we have already paid for those items, we are marking them way down so that we can just liquidate them. With these wraps, however, we have to pay for the fabric, so they will be full price: $69.95.

I am hoping to list them tomorrow, so stay tuned. But in the meantime…how about a giveaway? I haven’t done one around here for a very long time. I’d love to giveaway one of our classic Diana Wraps {that is my personal favorite, I wear this one ALL THE TIME, and it washes soo , sooo good}. The Charcoal Black Diana Wrap.

While in LA, I found a little bit more of this fabric, so the winnings is one of these wraps in your size choice.

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Thanks for playing along everyone, I hope you enjoy the giveaway! xoxo

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31 Days: Faith

Well, I missed two days. Yikes.

To be honest, this weekend has been insane and my computer is still not up and running. I have to borrow my husband’s computer and do you know what it’s like trying to borrow a computer from a computer fanatic? Uh, right. Not easy. ha.

And to be doubly honest, I had a few minutes on Saturday morning before Jake’s soccer game and our trip to Stockton….I even got online to start a post. But as I checked my facebook feed for a second, I learned of some devastating news, and got completely sidetracked. My JV high school volleyball coach had passed away, leaving behind two high school boys and a wonderful husband. After reading this news, I just had no desire to blog. Especially about thankfulness.

Although I hadn’t spoken with Jen for years and years, I do know her extended family and went to high school with her sister in law. They are wonderful people. My heart breaks for this whole family. Please friends, would you do me a favor? Would you pray for the Shepard family today?

And not sure if any of the Shepard family reads this, but if you do…Mike, Mandi, Shawn and boys, Stacie and kids….you have been in my prayers continually since I found out on Saturday. Sunday during church, our praise team sang the song, “Amazed by you”…the beginning verse reads like this:

You dance over me

While I am unaware

You sing all around

But I never hear the sound

I kept thinking about your family and how I know that is EXACTLY what is happening right now. HE is there, even though there are moments of frustration, questioning why and wondering. I believe HE is God and HE is in charge. Period. Regardless of what people might think. I love you guys. Wish I could see you more. xoxo

Today {and all weekend really} I am thankful for faith. I kept thinking about the Shepard family and knowing that their faith right now must be the only thing that gives them comfort. I kept thinking about how the “peace that passes all understanding” really works, it’s really REAL. I am so thankful for it.

Big hugs friends. xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Saying No

I’m kinda tired today. Been staying up a little too late and been working a little to hard, I guess. I hate days like today. When I feel super overwhelmed with things to do. Ever been there?

I have learned about myself that I have to have at least one day a week to get my life in order. A day where I can stay in my PJ’s all day and make sure things are running smoothly. That means making sure all the laundry is done. ugh.

And making sure the house is clean {someday Jake will learn to pee IN the toilet, not ON the toilet. In Jesus Name. ha}. And that my bills are paid. And that we have groceries.

Because here’s the reality: no one is going to do that for me. NOBODY. If I don’t do it, {or Brandon hehe} then my family will be running around naked, unsanitary, and unfed. And regardless of how pressing matters are in my little world, it really won’t matter if we don’t have any clean underwear or socks, right?

I always say that the two most important rules you can live by when running your own business are:

#1. Don’t panic

#2. Learn to say no

I’ll address #1 someday, but I want to talk about #2 today. Probably because I had to say no quite a bit this week and it made me feel like poop. ugh. The reality is that sometimes I feel like my life is one big priority to do list. My to do list {probably like yours} is fluid. It gets shifted depending on how important things are. To do items are moved from top to bottom often. For example, two weeks ago my banker called me and informed me that I needed to take care of few details on my checking accounts. If I switched some things around I could save a little money at the end of the year make life a little easier for me. Super awesome right? Well, I made an appointment and guess what? Evy got sick, so I had to cancel. And then he called me to reschedule during dinner hour last week, so without really thinking I agreed to meet on the same day as the fire station field trip. Whoops. Reschedule again…for today. But as I woke up this morning, I looked around my house and realized that since we will be out of town this weekend, today is my only day make sure the laundry is done, and bills are paid. I really did not have the time to spend two hours at the bank. So I called and said I’d have to reschedule again.

Was I embarrassed? Uh, yeah. In fact I did the cowardly thing…I called and didn’t even ask to speak with the banker, I just told the operator I wouldn’t be there. She’d pass the message along I’m sure. In fact she probably knows me know from all the rescheduling I’ve done. ha. awesome.

But here’s the thing, I am the only person who really knows what’s going on in my life. And I have to take care of myself, because if I don’t then who will? So I learn to say no. And not stress over it. I’m sorry I can’t do it all. But I can’t. So there you have it.

Today I am thankful for the ability to say no. Because it makes me and my family better. And I love that. That’s what it’s all about.

And let me insert this…I always hope and pray that people can be understanding when I have to say no. But it hit me today, I have to be just as understanding when people tell me no. If I am annoyed, roll my eyes, complain on how much they inconvenienced me with their “no”…then how do I expect to get a kind response? Grace begets grace, mercy begets mercy. :)

Have you ever had to say no? How do you feel about doing it? What can you say no to today to make yourself and your family happier? Just a little something to think about. :)

Happy Friday everyone! xoxo

Oh PS…My trustly little white {I loved that it’s white!!} has finally decided it can’t keep up with my crazy life and freaked out on me. {I’m selling it right now, in case anyone wants it} This weekend Brandon is taking all my files off it and we are upgrading to a MacBook Pro. Anyway, I can’t access any of my pictures or photoshop to get the pictures edited for the Diana Wrap launch I had planned for today, so I am {saying no, ha} going to have them up on Tuesday, and hopefully have previews for you over the weekend and through Monday. I am so excited about them, they are beautiful!

Since you guys are being so patient, I have reactivated the 40% off discount code. Enter FORTYOFF at checkout. Shop here. 

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Pantone Colors and New Boots

Whoops! I missed a day. I’m sure you were super stressed about where I went and all. {ha, NOT!}

The truth? I had the craziest day yesterday, I was buried in manufacturing details…like tags. Did you know that hang tags and clothing labels are the first things manufacturers like  to attack? Apparently those can take the longest to get ironed out. Crazy, right? Outside of submitting your color codes, tags are priority A. So yesterday I was dealing with tags…hehe. God bless Brooke. I adore that girl. She whipped up some amazing hang tags and labels. You know that we have never met? NEVER. But I feel like she is an old friend and we chat away when we get on the phone together…about our lives, or spouses, or dogs…its loads of fun. :) I feel so very blessed to have found her. She really is a godsend and is so easy to work with. Not to mention that she puts up with emails that sound like this:

“Can you get me an email blast with ___________ content in two hours?”

You might think I am joking, but I’m not. Yes, I am THAT girl. The one who is very spur of the moment and completely unplanned {at least as far as email blasts go, ha}…but anyway I’m getting super sidetracked. {What’s new, right?}

SOOOOO….manufacturing, well, you might remember how I cluttered your facebook feed up on Tuesday with a bunch of “which color would you wear” questions. I am sure you all loved me. So sorry. :( The truth of the matter is choosing colors for the Spring 2013 line has stressed me out almost as much as the money part of manufacturing. Why? Well, if you don’t like the color, you aren’t going to buy. And then I have hundreds upon hundreds of hoodies sitting on my shelves that I can’t unload. And then I will have to figure out some other way to feed my starving family {that’s a joke, sort of. yikes}. I think you get the point.

I spent most of Tuesday pouring over my Pantone Color book:

Ok Confession here: this book is KILLER. Seriously. See the size of those fabric swatches? And I’m supposed to be picking colors for entire hoodies from those. So awesome right? I’ve become a professional at twisting those pages around so I can put swatches next to each other. You should see how this thingy bends. yikes. Before you tell me I’m crazy and I should have bought the full size Pantone book…um, take a look at the price of that full sizer {HERE}. RIGHT. Not happening. So glad I settled for the more economical version {HERE}, if it can even be considered that. ugh.

ANYWAY, sidetracked again…my point here: Yesterday I was thankful for all your facebook answers regarding my pantone color questions. THANK YOU friends. You guys are amazing to help out like you do. The colors have been submitted and I so hope you like them. I’m super nervous about that, actually. So prayers for me in that area would be good. ha.

And for the thing I am thankful for TODAY...today I am thankful for new boots. 

Six years ago {maybe seven now??} I bought my first, and only, pair of Frye boots. Let me just tell you, if you don’t have a pair and are looking for a well made boot…Frye is your guy. Seriously, those boots I bought? I wore them CONSTANTLY. All the time. The were the only shoe I could wear while pregnant with Jake. Well, as luck would have it, Evelyn’s pregnancy did a number on my foot…it grew a half of a size and I developed a pinched nerve near my toes. So awesome. Anyway, I finally came to conclusions that I just can’t torture myself through another season of wearing those boots…I am in pure misery by the end of the day when tromping around in those things. So I finally splurged and bought some new ones {here}. I loved them and was so excited when they were on sale. Double bonus! {PS, do you get nordstroms notes? You should. They send you money in the mail. Check them out!!}

Well, that’s it for today. Thanks friends for listening…carry on! xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Madison

Everyone, I’d like you to meet Maddie…

Maddie is my niece’s best friend, she started working for me last year around this time to raise money to go on her big trip across the US. My nieces Brittany and Brooke also worked with her {they aren’t here today, so I can’t take a picture of them, but I will do that later during this challenge}…at first they just cut and sewed Brilla flowers for me, and then they started doing other little tasks here and there…they are now proficient shipping girls! :)

Today I am thankful for Maddie {and my nieces too}….running a home business is interesting. You definitely need help, but the help I need fluctuates on how much I sell. Some weeks I need a load of help, others, not so much. It just varies. My nieces and Maddie have been so great because they are still in school so they need flexibility too…it’s kinda a little match made in Heaven. We just work with each other’s schedules and between the three of them, I usually can have one person here when I need help. Yay!

And that’s my short little thankful note for the day! Big hugs friends! xoxo

Oh PS….take 40% off in the store today and tomorrow only. Use code FORTYOFF at checkout. To shop click HERE. Towards the end of this week we will have some beautiful Diana Wraps available in gobs of colors. They will be full price and will be limited. Stay tuned for more info!

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: My New Desk Area

I am so excited to FINALLY have something completely crossed off my list of home projects I set for myself a while back. I will also be able to cross off the guest bathroom, I just have one small thing to finish in there, and then I will have TWO things done. Whew. I love lists. ha. The whole crossing off thing is so awesome. ANWAY…. without further adieu, today I am thankful for my new desk area.

As a recap, here it was when we first bought the house:

And here’s what it looked like after we painted:

And now once more:

Ok, I love it!! Here’s what did to change it. First, we hung the vintage file holder I found at the antique store, lined the table top with burlap, and got a glass top cut for it. That really helped the cleanup in this area and gave it some color.

I also added a lovely desk calendar from Much Ado About You. I love this calendar!!

I found a gorgeous vintage kleenex holder at a little store here in town, slipcovered my wires {I know I’m addicted to slipcovering, sorry can’t help it. The cords were just so ugly to look at and we didn’t want to have to go to the trouble of moving the plugs and drilling holes in the counter}, and I quickly brushed a light coat of this paint on my boring Target phone stand/electrical outlet holder.

I also added these job charts and color coordinated our marble jars. We LOVE these job charts. They do make the corner look a bit busy, but they really help keep us on track. The kids can tell exactly what their jobs are every morning and afternoon and after they complete them, they get marbles in their jar towards their choice prize. The It Is Well With My Soul print is from here.

I have got to say the star of the whole show is the chair skirt from that my mom in law designed and sewed for me. She is AMAZING. Seriously. I ordered the fabric from here. I have ordered a lot of fabric from this shop and have loved everything.

This skirt easily detaches from the back for washing.

This chair was an old chair I had laying around the house. I bought a set of four from a little antique shop in Petaluma years ago and one by one they either fell apart or the seats broke their way through. I wish I had saved them all…this one was the last one I had and the seat was completely busted through…

but it was a simple fix for my father in law. He cut out a wood seat…

I covered it with batting and muslin fabric…

and he screwed the new seat onto the chair.

I added a little extra cushion on top after that…and wahlah. It is SO comfortable and the perfect height for typing.

Oh, and I can’t forget the little backpack and school filing station I have going on by the garage door.

It helps SO MUCH. The kids know to hang their backpacks up after school, and I go through them there, taking out what I need and putting it in the filing system if I need to work on something or return it back to school. It keeps us so organized. I found the filing system at Marshalls and the knobs at OSH.

Well…that’s it! I am so very thankful for this area….tickled pink with it! Every morning I sit down to work on my computer and I thank God I have a nice area to work at that is in the house and close to the kids. So great.

Big hugs friends! xoxo

Oh, and the challenges I was adding at the end of the posts? Well, I’ve kinda run out of challenges. haha. You’re big girls {and boys} I’m sure you can find something to challenge yourself with over the next couple of weeks. :) xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

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31 Days: ADHD Books

Thank you again to everyone who left such kind comments on my post about Jake and the fire station. This weekend I have been doing a lot of thinking about Jake. He is brilliant, have I told you that lately? He really is. He is so super smart. The kid is like a walking encyclopedia and doesn’t miss a beat. He can read, he can skip count, he can beat box {ha, how many 5 year olds do you know who can do THAT?} He is just super, super scattered. In the morning, our routine looks like this: get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brushed teeth, pick up backpack from counter, get in car. He can barely get from the breakfast table to the get dressed part. Usually instead of getting dressed in his school clothes, he comes out dressed as Ironman, or a gladiator. If you think I’m joking, come spend a morning with us. You’ll learn real quick that I’m telling the truth.

Today I pulled out a bunch of books on learning disabilities I bought while I was teaching. I have long suspected that Jake has ADHD. Brandon has it, and it is hereditary, but also, having several kids in my classroom experiences over the years…I saw the signs very early on. Today, I am thankful for books on ADHD.

Because as I sat there reading them today, with tears running down my cheeks, I realized that Jake was going to be ok. Thankfully there is so much help out there, and I will vow to do everything in my power to make sure my son has everything he needs to succeed. You can mark my words.

And for those of you who think I am always full of positive and kind words, you might want to close your eyes and ears for a second while the momma bear comes out….

And to you naysayers who say my son is out of control, annoying, never going to amount to much {and to the panicked me that is hiding inside heart}: just you wait. My son will conquer the world. And he will do it while you are sitting there picking your nose and criticizing. So take THAT you negative neanderthals.

“Greater is he that in in me, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4

Carry on, friends, carry on. xoxo

In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: My People

Today I am thankful for my people. 

They pretty much make my world go around. I can’t imagine where I would be without them. Funny thing about your family…you go through such a range of emotions regarding them. They are the people who can drive you crazy the most, but they are the ones you love above everything else. It’s a strange swing of events, but one that I’ve pretty much decided is what love is all about. You can’t have the good without the bad. And these guys are the love of my life.

This is a short one tonight. We just got back from dropping our guests off in San Francisco, and stopped at our favorite mall on the wall home for dinner and to let the kids run out some energy. It was a lovely family night together. Love you Miraflors!

Big hugs everyone! xoxo

Challenge: Thank God for your people…the good and the bad that comes with them. THAT is what love is all about!

PS. THANK YOU to all my friends who left such awesome comments on yesterday’s downer post. You guys are the best. I love you! xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.