31 Days: 31 Days

Well, it’s over. This whole 31 days of Thankfulness. What did you think? I LOVED doing it. I loved having a reason to blog everyday and I loved making myself see the positive in all the craziness that surrounds me on a daily basis.

Today I am thankful for 31 Days of Thankfulness.  Because besides the whole looking at life in a positive way thing, this 31 days has reminded me how important blogging is. How much I love it. How I should be on here every day saying SOMETHING….it doesn’t need to be elaborate, but it needs to be something. This 31 days has renewed my love for blogging, definitely.

Thank you for following along. I’m not sure how many of you enjoyed my little blurbs every day, but I want to thank you anyway. Because you rock. You listen to me, you laugh, and you cry with me. It’s so awesome to have you with me here. Really, I mean that.

And if you missed all the posts? Well, no worries, you can catch up HERE. My favorites were here, here, here, and here.

Lastly, thank you to The Nester for starting this off. I enjoyed it so much. Many blessings to you! And if you guys haven’t read her post today, you need to. She has a wonderful download available to us for FREE. Go get it, its AWESOME!

Big hugs friends! Come back tomorrow {or actually later today, ha, I’m starting WWWW up again! :)}. I’ll be here. :) xoxo

31 Days: Soccer, Pumpkin Carving and Field Trip

So I’ve missed THREE days! ha. wowsers. I came down with a little stomach bug accompanied by a horrible, horrible headache and every time I sat down to blog my head would start pounding, so I had to throw in the towel for the weekend. Then yesterday I worked on a blog off and on for over two hours but somehow {this has NEVER happened to me} the entire, very LONG post got deleted. So I took it as a sign I wasn’t supposed to say anything the last couple of days. ha. So bear with me while I attempt to catch myself up a little…looonnngg post here :)

So let’s talk about sports for a second…..and at risk of sounding so un-San Franciscan, I should probably start with this:

WAY TO GO GIANTS!!

For those of you who know me, you may have just fallen out of your chair with that comment, so sorry to panic you! ha. The truth is, I just may be the most un athletic soul on the planet…really. I have no idea what team names belong to what sport most of the time, and if you start talking about sports in my presence, my eyes will begin to glaze over and I just may begin to snooze a little on you. So sorry, but there it is. ha. I was just not wired with the sports gene, unfortunately. Athletics mean absolutely nothing to me. *sigh*

So when Brandon informed me that he was enrolling Jake into soccer, I about cried. All I could think was: Well, there goes my Saturdays! But I knew better than complain {ok, I may have complained once or twice, yikes!}…I understand I am raising a boy and it would be better if he knew about sports instead of despised them. And not to mention, Brandon played soccer for years and years, so I knew it was important to Brandon. Oh and it was SOMETHING other than martial arts, which the Miraflors are known for {remember this?}.

Ok confession here, I HATED the first couple weeks of soccer. First it was HOT and you had to sit out on the open field {and even sometimes participate} in practices as well as cheer your kiddo on during games {which mind you I knew NOTHING about}. But after several weeks into it I realized that Jake was actually getting better and he was loving it! So  that shut me up real quick. :)

Well, Saturday was Jake’s last game and we are kinda sad to see it go. We enrolled in basketball for the winter, so we’ll see if he likes that as much as soccer…because he LOVED playing! He is the white #4 in these pictures and he even made a goal!

Jake and his friend Joshua.

They played on opposite teams once this year and played each other once. They were so cute, Jake even passed the ball to Josh, who then made a goal for his team! ha. They assisted each other :)

Gramps stopped by the last game…and I love this picture of him and Evy. This is how I will remember my dad forever, with that big cheesy grin on his face. So glad he is able to spend some time with my kiddos.

After the game we head out to Round Table Pizza for the party and trophy time. Jake was SO EXCITED to get his very first trophy! I need to start pinning some trophy case ideas on pinterest, anyone have any?? Share with me! This is going to be a long 13 years if he gets trophies for every single sport starting now! ha.

So don’t pass out…here it goes: I am thankful for soccer. Because I see how much it did for my baby boy. {and MAYBE or me :) }

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Ok pumpkin carving. Well, we got these great pumpkins at the pumpkin patch that have been waiting for Brandon to get home so we could carve them. Jake drew all over them with a sharpie. So awesome. Brandon was not pleased when I told him he needed to carve them like Jake drew. Definitely not gonna happen. ha.

Anyway, I guess I never really thought much about how gross pumpkin carving is, but I have to tell you, it was a RIOT watching Jake {who was so excited to carve those pumpkins in the first place}…he was SO DISGUSTED. Seriously. Brandon kept trying to make him dig his hands in there, but Jake just kept gagging and nearly vomiting, so I guess pumpkin carving is an out for him. ha.

And the braver of my two kids. She loved it after this first initial dig in. ha.

We didn’t get to actually carve out the pumpkins, we are going to attempt this tonight. Pray for us. ha. I am thankful for Pumpkin Carving. Because watching those kiddos last night gave us the best laugh ever.

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Today I had the privilege of attending Jake’s field trip to Spring Hill Farms. It was SO MUCH FUN! The kids loved it and Jake did soo, sooo good compared to our last field trip fiasco. He is still pretty much the most boisterous one and bit rowdy, but I think the kids are getting used to him and the parents are so kind. Thank you parents for putting up with Jake!!!

He got to milk a cow….

And pet baby calves with his friend Preston.

And dig for potatoes…have you ever dug for potoates? It’s so fun! It’s like looking for little treasures in the dirt!

And ride on a hay ride. Oh boy. I love this kid.

And eat pumpkin ice cream with Emma Love.

And play King of the Mountain, of course. The best part of the pumpkin patch.

The last thing I am thankful for today is the pumpkin patch field trip. Because it wasn’t a disaster and with great relief I realized Jake’s going to be ok with all this ADHD stuff. And so will I. :)

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: Pumpkin Patch, Playdates and Family Time

Yes, I didn’t post yesterday. Whoops…again. ha.

Yesterday was parent teacher conferences for us, then we decided we had to go to the Pumpkin Patch before Brandon left for the weekend. We were so bummed we wouldn’t be able to do our Del Osso trip this year {HERE, HERE} but time just never permitted us to get there. Bummer :(

Lucky for us there’s a great pumpkin patch near us and it was perfect! We went with our dear friends the Kings and boy, oh boy…did everyone have a blast!

This pumpkin patch was GORGEOUS at night. Seriously.

They had this unbelieveable slide that everyone LOVED…except me. I hate heights and it made me a nervous wreck. Lucky for everyone I was able to do it once or twice…without passing out. Brandon on the other hand {yes that’s him there} had a BLAST. So did Heidi, ha.

After we up and down the slide a million times, we searched for the PERFECT pumpkin. Um, do you have any idea how hard that is with a kiddo. EVERY pumpkin is the perfect pumpkin. ha. Evy found hers pretty quickly…..

But Jake….oh boy. He had a hard time!

But he sure is a cutie, right?

I thought I about died and gone to Heaven in the specialty pumpkin tent. Everything was so gorgeous and colorful!

It was getting pretty late and I will say someone in the photo was losing their patience. I’ll let you decided who that might be :)

Finally our little one LOST it. Like sincerely lost it. It was awesome. ha.

And it meant it was time to go. {Oh, that and when Jake peed his pants. Poor kid was so excited to be at the patch he didn’t even want to take a potty break. Kinda like the first day of school. Awesome.}

ANYWAY..we had so much fun and walked out with 4 great pumpkins. It was a wonderful night together as a family. Brandon is off again until Monday and I miss him. He’s been home for the last week and it’s been great having him around. Good thing I like my alone time though…I actually love these quiet Friday nights on my own. The house gets cleaned… I put a girl movie on, browse the internet, blog…yeah, it’s fun! ha. Really.

Today was really such a wonderful day with the kiddos. Jake had a friend over for a playdate this morning and his mom and I chatted away for hours while the kids played. We all had so much fun. I spent several hours working this afternoon, then ate dinner and read some books with the kids. Jake’s reading is getting so good and Evy is starting to show so much more interest in books. That makes me so excited because anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE reading. We have kids books everywhere around the house and I sincerely hope they love reading as much as I do. I can’t wait to spend hours reading with them and watching their faces light up with excitement. SO EXCITED.

Today I am thankful for the pumpkin patch, playdates and family time. So thankful. Thank you Lord for yesterday and today. I love how You use days like this to remind me of what is REALLY important. Thank you for blessing me.

Big hugs friends. xoxo

Oh PS…I rearranged my living room. I’m so excited. It looks so good, can’t wait for that to be another CHECK off my list!! :) 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: Comments

I’m often asked by friends {or blog readers I’ve never met} about how I feel about comments. So many people tell me, “I read along but never comment”. Trust me, I get that. I do all my blog reading from my google reader app on my phone. I LOVE google reader! It’s so awesome and has all the blogs I love lined up for me in an easy to read pattern. The only bummer about the reader is you never get over to the actual blog to make any comments, so as you can imagine, I don’t get to comment much myself….mainly because it’s such a nightmare trying to get from the reader to the blog, comment, and post comment from my phone.

ANYWAY…my point: I understand why you don’t comment. 

But when you DO… I LOVE IT! I really do. I am trying to get better at responding to comments through email, but I’m not a pro at it. :( My email inbox overwhelms me to begin with, so often I never get to the blog responses, but I DO read them. And they DO warm my heart. Many times you guys make me cry with your kind words. In this last giveaway, so many of you wrote along with your size requested, how much you love reading this blog. Those comments do not go over looked. I love you guys, thank you!!

 To answer your question on whether I like blog comments: YES! I love them! And when you leave them I get so excited! So if you can, and want to, please do leave a comment. Today I am thankful for blog comments. Because every time I read one I realize that this blog is not a waste of time, but it is actually doing SOMETHING! ha.

Love you friends!! xoxo

PS…can you help me? I am thinking about making this blog trunicated, which means when you see it in your reader, you will get a few sentences and then it will ask you to continue reading by clicking over to the blog. How would that work for you? Would you head over to the blog? The reason being is it increases my traffic and actually helps me financially {whole ‘nother subject for another day}, but I definitely won’t do it if nobody will click over to the blog. Would love your thoughts there.

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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: Brandon’s Book

You might remember my post a while back about Brandon writing a book. Well, last month, after many frustrating delays, the book arrived. It landed on our doorstep the day he arrived home from a very long trip to the East Coast. Brandon was so excited to open them, he couldn’t wait until the morning…so very late he ripped open the box.

It was so cute to watch him. He was so thrilled. Tears welled up in his eyes. All those years that he felt he was horrible in writing…people telling him as a student he would never succeed….it was like right then and there he proved everyone wrong. I am so proud of him.

The book is really, really good. And I’m not saying that because I’m his wife {well, ok, maybe a little, ha}. The truth is I didn’t have anything to do with this process. In fact, as I mentioned in the last blog post, I didn’t even read the manuscript until they turned it into the publisher. I am really shocked. The book ministered to me many times, I found myself spending moments in prayer after several chapters…they really convicted me and made me think…which is the point of the book, by the way. The book is meant to be used as a reflective daily devotional geared towards youth workers and ministers…helping to strength them and encourage them in their daily ministries.

He co-authored the book with his good friend and fellow youth worker Adam Shaw. We were lucky enough to have Adam and his wife Stephanie come and visit us several weeks ago. While they were here, Adam and Brandon sat down and signed all the preordered books together. They had so much fun, it was cute. :)

If you preordered a book, you should have it by now. Brandon only has a few books left before he needs to place another order…you can purchase yours HERE. They are the perfect book for anybody in youth ministry, whether you are on full time staff, volunteer status, or even a parent. I think you will love the book.

Today I am thankful for Brandon’s {and Adam’s} book. I am so proud of him. This book has been such a labor of love…and has made him a little addicted to writing {which I love! ha}. There is another book in the works to be completed next summer, so stay tuned!

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: Cookies For Dinner

Today was a good day. It was a GREAT day, actually. It started with church…and it was amazing church, that’s for sure.

Our friend Simeon Costa is spending some time ministering at The Promise Center. Simeon has been a close friend of Brandon and me for over 20 years. If you know Simeon, you know he has a deep, deep conviction to make all of those around him disciples of Christ. This morning he did an incredible job encouraging us to have strong faith and just keep on walking. Even when you don’t feel God there…just keep on walking. So amazing. Thank you Simeon for inspiring us today!

Since we had a super late and big lunch {AND got to go home and take nap, how cool is that!}, nobody was really hungry when it came time for dinner. Instead we all piled on the couch and watched some movie about whales when we decided we had to have some ice cream. And then of course, you can’t have ice cream without cookies {you’ve read if you give a mouse a cookie right?}….

So we had ice cream and cookies for dinner. The wait for the cookies was suspenseful, apparently!

There is nothing better than warm cookies right out of the oven…

And if cookies and ice cream wasn’t enough, we had to add pop corn to the mix.

I love these kids. They make my world go around and I’m so happy they are mine. Today I am thankful for cookies for dinner. Because its the little things that make life so much fun. The little unhealthy things. ha.

Here’s to unhealthy dinners! Cheers 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: Holding Hands

A minor miracle happened today….

My kiddos held hands while walking to my nephew’s football game this afternoon.

This may not be a big deal to you, as your kids probably hold hands all the time, but mine only do it when they are snuggling on the couch and watching a movie. They most definitely DO NOT hold hands while moving. EVER.

Most people, when they see Jake and his activity level, usually comment, “Oh Evy must be super calm…you always get one of both!”. UH NO. It seems that God thinks I have super powers when it comes to mommying…as He gave me two very wild, very active, very rambunctious children. Evy is NOT wallflower and can definitely hold her own. In fact, she starts the majority of fights that happen in this household, if you can believe that. I keep wondering when she will realize that Jake is twice her size and stop picking on him?

When I was pregnant with Evy, I felt her move at 13 weeks. And when I say move, I mean MOVE. I felt major “flutterings” or whatever it is they call it. She continued to move nonstop my entire pregnancy. Early on, when I felt her move so much, I panicked. Surely God couldn’t be giving me another boy with MORE activity level than Jake. I mean, that just couldn’t be possible, right? {Only those who know Jake can probably answer this one, ha}

But no, it wasn’t. He gave me a girl…with more activity level. So awesome. ha. Thank God knows what He’s doing!! :)

So today I am thankful for my babies holding hands. Because for them to hold hands it means two things: 1. They weren’t fighting and 2. They were walking slow enough to hold hands. Two major miracles. ha. Sheesh, I love those babies. They are amazing and make my heart melt.

Do your kids fight? Do they hold hands?? 

Big hugs friends xoxo

OH Ps….Jake made two goals this morning during soccer. He was so excited. Course I’m sure the fact that Brandon gave him $5 for it didn’t help at all. :) Bribery at it’s worst, but hey…it made him work!! ha 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. :)

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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.

Would you like to enter? It’s easy! Use Rafflecopter and leave a blog comment with the following:

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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.