Sunday, April 1, 2018

ALove's Easter Message

"And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, 'My father!' And he said, 'Here I am, my son.' He said, 'Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?' Abraham said, 'God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.' So they went both of them together." 
-Genesis 22:6-8 (ESV)

"The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" 
-John 1:29 (ESV)

This Easter, here are a couple of things to remember, and one thing to put your your Easter celebration To-Do list...
 
Remember Two Things

1.  First, "It is finished." -John 19:30 (ESV).  There is nothing more for you to do.  Jesus has done everything required to take care of your sin and reconcile you to God.  God provided for himself the perfect Lamb, Jesus.  

2.  Second, which follows from the first, the gospel is good NEWS, not good advice (paraphrasing Pastor Tim Keller here).  We don't DO news.  Instead, we hear it, believe it, and proclaim it:  
  
"Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.  Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.  
 -1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (NLT).


Do One Thing:

So, what's the ONE thing to do today?  

"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

Happy Easter Everyone!! 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Irish Blessings & Other Random Nonsense...

Good morning, sweet friends!

Can you even believe it is the middle of MARCH!!!

It has been pretty busy around here the past few weeks trying to survive February (oh, my word how I hate February), trying to get high school softball on the launch pad and just general misadventures of the normal capacity at our house...

I have SO many things to tell you, but at the same time I don't feel like I've really done anything much to even tell about. Ha! If you follow me on Instagram, you know every move I've made because I have been fool happy making Instagram Stories just to drive my kids up the wall (plus it's fun).

Right now, in Tennessee we are just trying to get through the rest of WINTER (the groundhog did not lie). I saw this online the other day & laughed because I don't think it could be more accurate.
The weather here in the south is so coconuts!!


So much truth there, holy cow!!

I have had my nose stuck in a book for most of the winter season. I've read so many that they deserve their own post, so I'll be back to share those in a nibble.

I've also been glued to the TV watching reruns of Monk (I love that show), The Hallmark Channel & The Hallmark Murder Mystery Channel. My biggest guilty pleasure this winter has been binge watching When Calls the Heart on Netflix!

Last year someone recommended it me & I watched the first five minutes of the first episode & turned it off because it was super cheesy & just eh.



My sister said the exact same thing about it (she hasn't seen it yet, just the first few minutes and turned it off).

KEEP WATCHING, it gets better!!

The entire series is definitely cheesy, but it is so sweet and wholesome. The first season reminded me a lot of Little House on the Prairie. The next few seasons are a bit more unrealistic (everyone looking way too glamorous for frontier life during that time period) but the story itself is so good.

The show is based on Janette Oke Canadian West series, which I have not read. But, I have read her Love Comes Softly books and they are absolutely precious!

If you're looking for something new to watch, I highly recommend you give that one a try.


I recently spent some time (& when I say "some" I mean like 500 hours) waiting on Olivia to spend a gift card at Sephora when I happened upon this lipstick.




I was REALLY surprised at this Sephora Lipstories lipstick, it is wonderful!
( & I'm pretty picky about my lipstick.
And it is only $8!

I got tan lines & love love and they are both really pretty!
And cheap! ;)
#winwin




The biggest & the greatest thing that has happened at my house so far this year is our new FRIDGE!!

Last summer we bought a brand new Whirlpool fridge from our local mom & pop appliance store. I was SO excited about it & loved it so much! It was absolutely fabulous!

But, unfortunately, it was a lemon!

Bless their hearts, they had to come out and work on it again & again and FINALLY had to call the Whirlpool people to come work on it. Six different times they took it apart!! They ended up replacing the entire motherboard out of the back of it (it was brand new, God bless America) and it STILL did not work right!

Finally last month, they decided to just give us a full refund & I picked out a different fridge.

Amen!




I absolutely love this new one I picked out!

It is also a Whirlpool, but I think it's going to be fine. It has this fabulous little pullout drawer above the freezer drawer that is perfect for fruits & veggies (& the sprite that was my friend a couple of weeks ago when I was struck down by the stomach virus) (I don't wish that on anybody).

I'm so glad that is finally settled and I no longer have to wait for the repair man to show up
(between 8 & 12)...
#overit

In all honesty, y'all...the real reason I have not been blogging much (or doing anything much) is because I have been VERY preoccupied lately trying to parent a teenage daughter.

Olivia (will somehow) be 16 this summer.


We are currently doing this...


(#TooncesForever)

and dealing with this...



(Be near Lord)

and I am just worn out.
(& struggling)
(& just not able to even talk about it)

Parenting girls is hard enough, mercy!
But trying to raise a young lady who has a phone and is surrounded by other (often unsupervised young ladies who also have phones and have access to every sin imaginable on the internet...

Y'all, it is a battle every single day!

I could write a whole post about it (& probably will).
It is so hard!

If you still have little people, my parenting advice for you right now is this: (don't blink and) don't buy them a phone until they start driving.

Just don't.
The end.
Shew!

Well, I'm out of time so I'm hopping up!

It's a gorgeous morning here
and I think it's going to be a perfect day to have a birthday!
Put on your green, friends!

I'm headed out celebrate being alive for "40 something" years! ;)




I hope you have a fabulous St Patrick's Day Saturday!

I'll be back to share some book nerd love soon!

Mwah!

Mandy

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Circus Weekend Fun Finds

Well, it looks like I'm running like two weeks behind on posting about anything!  One of these days I will get my act together.

The Love Circus had a fun weekend visiting the family a couple of weeks ago!  I love Chattanooga and know I'm right where I need to be, but it's tough being a ways away from my parents and my sister & her family.  I try to go back with the boys as much as I can to visit.  

We had such a nice visit!! Grandma was so kind to spend some QT with the grandkid boys, SO Crafty Southern Mandy and I even got to sneak away to pay a visit to one of our favorite places: HomeGoods!!

It was wild, Sunday afternoon. HomeGoods was at holiday shopping level - but we were brave.  We got our carts, and cut a path into the labyrinth of wonder that awaited us.  


Here are some of our fun finds:


For the Little Love Boys ~  
I think these bean bag chairs are so cute!! 
 

Joseph Love is a shark lover, and these sheets are so cute with the solids and gingham sharks!
These are cute storage chests that have cushioned tops, that would fit perfectly at the foot of a twin bed!

We had pillows on the brain!  
Having Love for a last name has endless benefits!

I love the Ralph Lauren Home items, these throw pillows were super cute, and the denim type fabric is so versatile.  The price was a wee bit higher than I would like to pay, sadly it did not go home with me 😢

HomeGoods is a great place to snag Lauren by Ralph Lauren king pillow 2 packs for a good price!

Deep love for coffee translated through cute wall art.
I bought this one, it was just $7.99!!





I LOVE these baskets, they come in three sizes and sometimes different color schemes.  I have them all over my house and they are great for decoration, toy storage, clothes hamper - you name it.  At $14-19 a basket, these are a great deal!!





I was digging this cute couch! I love the color and it's $499!


Mandy found a picture that looks like their dogs Blue and Marty!

This coat rack was on clearance for $10, and I knew as soon as I saw it that it must live in my house. 

What did I take home???
Pineapple coat rack AND the one of the several cute baskets living in my house!
Fun coffee print made it to the shelf, for now.


I also grabbed a two-pack of king-sized pillows for our bed 
(which we were needing in a bad way). 
(And, ahem, some cute shirts for myself too).
I mean, the TJ Maxx and HomeGood stores are attached to one another you can't visit one without visiting the other.

Thank you for enjoying our fun finds at HomeGoods!
I hope I can come up with some more fun finds to share soon.  Where do you go for your fun finds??

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fun Finds At Hobby Lobby

OH MY GOSH- I went to Hobby Lobby a couple of weekends ago to use a gift card I got for Christmas and I snapped some pictures of the things I was really loving for two reasons: 
1) I can't remember what I fell in love with on the other side of the store so I have to stop and review. 
2) I started to look at the list and thought, I might share this with our friends!! 


Here are a few items I picked up:

This is actually a garland I wrapped around twice and hung on the wreath hook.  I've been looking for something different and multi-seasonal. 
(side note: I really, really want to paint my front door)


I saw the bigger sign below (50% off) and really got excited about having a "pantry" sign over the pantry.  Then saw this little guy and thought it was more appropriate in size (also 50% off).


I have been wanting one of these since I saw it in a catalogue around Christmas ~ Pottery Barn maybe?? Anyway, this one is not the best quality, but the price was right so I was obliged to get it! 

This cool shelf was on sale, and I knew when I saw it that it would be perfect for this spot in our mud room (which is new to us, last year we took down a wall and opened this area up.  Still need to finish the floors and what not).   I am thinking of a variety of things in the little shelf holders, it's on the way to the pantry so I thought for sure one shelf could be for onions and another for potatoes, etc.  Also, I need to shop my house for something to hang above it here.




Here are some of the items I really liked, some I might try a little DIY action....

Larger "pantry" sign.

I like the white board calendar, need to thing about the best format to use for the fam.

No explanation needed.

They have lots of great scripture signs, in all shapes and sizes!!

Here is another :)
Starting to look for ideas for displaying different kid collections.

I liked the options on these window panels.

Cool metal wreath, I just love this look!! 
This fabric is needed in my home for some things (pillows, chair covers, shower curtain??).  
Also, I can see some crisp monograms on this! 
(Crafty Southern Mama Mandy I'm looking in your direction here.)




These chairs!  Marked down to $39!!! I don't know what I would do with them, but I love them!!

I'll be sure to share more fun finds soon!!








Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hellooooo!! Love Circus Update!

Well, hello there!  I am glad to emerge from my circus tent to say hello to you all!

I've written multiple posts in my head.  I've thought about it so much, and have yet to slow down to share!!

So here is a top 5 of what has been showcasing at the circus:

1) Victor Love - Our dog-child Victor had to have surgery in January to remove a tumorous growth on his front paw.  The thing had doubled in size from Thanksgiving to the New Year!  Our vet advised that we needed to remove it to run tests to see if it was cancer.  It was a pretty stressful couple of weeks, but praise the Lord the results indicated that it was not cancer (but it still had to be removed and they had taken care of that in the initial surgery).  He's fully recovered and still milking it for all it is worth by sleeping in our bed every night.


2) Joseph Karate Batman Love's 6th Birthday was January 12th!  We went to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to celebrate, and had some fun, new experiences!  We like to go to Dollywood, but the park is closed January-Marchish so we decided to enjoy discounted off-season rates at the Dreammore Hotel and explore more of the area!  We went to the Aquarium of the Smokies which was super cool!  The boys really enjoyed the viewing tube (complete with people moving conveyor belts).  There is also a neat indoor playground for the kids, which mine really loved!  We also visited the Guinness World Records Museum.  The boys (and grown ups) had a lot of fun doing all of the challenges to see if they could match the world record.  I highly recommend a visit there!!
The weather was a bit rainy so we tabled going to Anakeesta and hope to try that next time we are there (which is looking like spring break for us).













3) Keeping track of personal and professional goals - So another big event over January is a bit of a work transition which has me taking on a bit more responsibility with the Bekah Cochran Team and it has definitely required solid planning.  We got new planners this year, and I have really come to love the format of this one!  We are still easing into the flow of things, and are really just taking it week by week.  Bekah always says "make sure your goals and your calendars match", and that really translates to all aspects of your life.  Writing it down on the calendar is a form of making an affirmation, and that is incredibly powerful.  


4) Keeping track of personal and professional goals Part 2:  More work-related time for me means refreshing the wardrobe a bit with some professional/work pieces and I'm pretty jazzed that I picked up this sweater from Cabi (I'm hosting a show in March and really looking forward to picking a couple of versatile pieces I can mix and match).  JCrew & JCrew Factory has had some delightful clearance sales since Christmas, and I have been piecing together some basics from the clearance.  Clearance is my love language.  
Me taking notes in coaching and wearing my new Cabi Trumpet Cardi

5) Rosemary Trip- We took a Bekah Cochran Team trip to Rosemary Beach, FL the first weekend of February to celebrate meeting sales goals in 2017!!  It was so much fun to spend time with these wonderful women (and Bekah's oh so precious 5 month old - lots of baby snuggling) in such a beautiful place!!  Side Note: I got this absolutely divine sweater by Barefoot Dreams at 
Patchoulis in Rosemary!  I have been wearing it A LOT (I am literally wearing it right now).





That's a tiny glimpse of what we've been up to lately, I cannot believe we are staring at March.  I am so energized and excited that signs of spring have begun here in Chattanooga!!  

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