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I am so excited to announce the Grand Opening of my new site: MissPlunkett Vintage Trimming and Accessories

My adorable girlfriend Lori and I have been working our little guts out for months now and it’s finally time to open! We’d love to have you stop by and see us at this fun event. If you can’t come, email or message me for a coupon code for your first order. If nothing else, check us out on Facebook and be sure to sneak over to the site and look around!! http://www.MissPlunkettBoutique.com

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SO CUTE!!!

I’m dying over this gals graphic ability!! She is to die for talented!! Wouldn’t you just love your family photo done this way?!!

Here is the contest link to win your own: http://seeitloveitwinit.blogspot.com/2010/07/penguin-stands-alone.html

Here is her site link: http://penguinstandsalone.blogspot.com/

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My dear friend and client is a finalist in the Matilda Jane Contest. I didn’t even know she’d entered until I saw the fun pictures of her daughter that I’d taken in her entry collage. Her story is touching and I’d just love to see her do well.

Here’s the link to her entry Just add the page to your cart and then check out. It’s super easy!

Here’s the link to all the entries if you want to see them all. Voting ends tonight

Thanks so much!

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Mother

What does it mean?

What does it require?

What does it reward?

It really is a broad term…birthing a child, makes you a mother. Adopting a child, makes you a mother. Taking in a child, makes you a mother. These all assume some sort of responsibility to another. You could even be a “mother” to someone older than you. But it doesn’t end there…

Are you finished once  you’ve fulfilled the definition above? For some, yes it is complete. Many animals create new lives and walk (or fly or slither) away. For others, the journey of motherhood is just beginning.

There’s feeding and holding, playing and teaching, listening and guiding. We all have strengths and weaknesses in these areas. Are we passing on our weaknesses? Are we sharing our strengths? The realm of responsibility seems overwhelming at times. Am I preparing them to meet their own challenges? Did a miss a teaching moment in the bustle of the day? Will that moment present it self again and will I catch it this time? Did I do enough? Did I do too much and enable? Did I teach the import things like opening your heart, giving more than you get, conquering your fears and relying on your Heavenly Father-not just in word, but by example?? Did I do my  mother justice and am I the “mother” she taught me to be? In some cases, did I rise above the motherly example I was given to be more than she was?

When I think about all these things, the demand of motherhood seems completely beyond my reach. Bigger than the small collection of talents & abilities I have to offer. Is there any way to do really be worthy of this title I so deeply sought for?

I look to examples of mothers who have influenced me and who continue to inspire me. Many of you will read this today and not even know that I am referring to you. I am so blessed to have mother, grandmothers, potential mothers, ancestors, friends, extended family and even just acquaintances who I borrow inspiration from all the time.  To you I express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for giving me strength and courage to fulfill this divine roll. I only wish I could give back what you have given to me.

We often hear people ask “Do you work or are you “just a mother”? Most of the time we shrug uncomfortably at the question and whisper “yeah, I’m just a mom” or we first throw out our working role in the world “I’m a dental assistant part time” as if that’s the better answer. Why not boldly reply that “Yes I’m a mother who spends her spare time as a dental assistant” instead of the opposite?

Is it enough to “just be a mother”? Is there any more important role? Is there any more frustrating, crazy, rewarding, sad, happy, exciting, heartbreaking role than motherhood? And is there any other way to create your own personal definition of motherhood than through the help of our Savior? He can share with you a definition that fits your personal call as a mother. He can sustain you when you are not sure what you are doing yet little spirits think you do. He can lift you when you have no more strength to lift yourself. He will show you hidden talents to complete the precious task that no one else could complete for these lives you have been entrusted with.

Happy Mothers Day to anyone woman who desires to be a mother in any capacity. Your opportunities are many even if not conventional. Take the time to enjoy whatever piece of motherhood you have been afforded and thank your Father in Heaven for that chance.

I love this video from  Stephanie Nielson that puts it all in perspective.

PS Mom, I love you!!

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New Year – New Me!

I think we all have grand intentions the first of every new year…or at least I do! I compartmentalize all my life’s departments and then choose what will help me grow, stretch and become better. I realize that some departments should be done away with all together to make room for others that have out-grown the little corner I’ve given them. I really get excited about this process. It’s almost like when I clean out a room or a closet-I find such joy in making room by throwing out the old, the unused or the broken. There are lots of old, unused and broken parts of “ME” that need tossing and I find myself caught up in the moment!

So many “goals” and intentions. So many aspects that need work. It’s a rush as I picture the end product..a better me. A more patient me. A more faithful me. A better business woman. A better mom and wife. A changed being that has so much more to give others.

THEN life happens. The list is long and quite daunting. Where to start? What’s most important or easiest so I have a couple new year victories under my belt to keep me motivated. Weight? Work? Motherhood? Relationships? Faithfulness? Money? Home? Me? So what do I do? I hang onto the intentions and that picture of a changed me and let the overwhelming weight of it all slowly bury the excitement and douse the fire I felt as I created that “new me” list. Jan 2nd comes and goes, Jan 5th, Jan 12, Jan 20 and now here I am at Jan 26. Nothing started, yet not totally forgotten. 1/12 of my new year is gone. Forever.

Where did I go wrong? Did I think them through? YES! Did I create small steps to reach each goal? YES! Did I write them down? YES! Were they realistic? YES! So where did I go wrong???

Then it dawns on me…like a little lightbulb above my head. Did I ask the Lord what HE wanted me to do this year? Did I take my list to Him and find out what was most important? Did I even stop to think that the new me I pictured may not be the one He needs me to be? There is a season for everything and I know that I can accomplish my long list, IF and only IF I have the help from my Savior. Will He help me? YES! But I have to ask and then just as important LISTEN and take the direction I’m given.

So maybe my list is not completely wasted…maybe I just needed my first resolution to be a simple one-“Ask and ye shall receive” I don’t know what I’ll be receiving or even what I may ask, but I know I can be the me He needs me to be and that’s the goal that really counts.

So if any of you made it this far through my little irrational-ness or if you can relate, know that you are not alone. And with HIS help, we will be new and improved in 11 short months.

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Gratitude…

This weekend we’ve all been focusing on things we are thankful for. It’s one of my favorite ways to kick off the holidays! And although making a “thankful” list is good and a great time of reflection…I got to thinking…what do we DO with that list? Do we take the time to personally contact any one who made the list and tell them? Do we seek out those who make things possible that made our list? Do we spend time on our knees thanking our Heavenly Father for unseen gratitudes that also make our life complete? It’s easy to be thankful in our own little heads, so my goal is to express that gratitude and let others know just how thankful I am for them too!

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PROS: I hate my current service-drop calls everywhere! I can’t sync my current phone with my computer anymore! I want those cool apps! It’s for BUSINESS so it’s a write off!

CONS: My bill goes up my $60/month for LESS minutes! There is no office here to deal with issues, I’d have to drive to Vegas! My bill goes up for less minute (did I mention that?)!

Do I do it or not? Is it worth it? Help me out here folks!!

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