These busy days

October 28, 2014

Just checking in with a brief paragraph. Things have been crazy busy in the last month but a good crazy, not a bad one. I think. Shayne says I'm only as busy as I make myself and he's right...I just make myself really busy!! It's been a lot of fun to see my little shop taking off for the season. We've also been working on making our house a home, especially now that harvest season has come to an end. All those little projects are getting done, one at a time!

So. Things are good, things are busy. We are grateful for this life we've been given!

More later. I walked around the house taking "as is" pictures the other day and I want to share them with you soon!

My Gratitude List V.1

September 29, 2014

{I'll re-cap Saturday's Etsy Pop Up Market soon, but first...}

In follow up to last week's I go!

1) Catching up with old friends & the healing of time

2) Potato harvesting on my road so I can visit my husband

3) Answer to prayer. The three year old daughter of friends from church was diagnosed with leukemia just after our wedding this summer. They've had to relocate to Halifax - they are blessed to be able to relocate the whole family - so Elyse can receive treatment at the children's hospital there. Great news last week!! After the first round of chemo, there is no sign of cancer! Her leukemia is in remission! There are many more complicated parts to the story including the possibility of a bone marrow transplant necessitating a move to Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital, but for now we rejoice in the Lord's goodness in answering our prayers to wipe out the cancer!!!

4) New opportunities

5) Twenty-five years of this messy, beautiful life (see how I slipped that in there. it's today.)

What about you? If you decide to share up in the comments!

That Time We Got Married

September 26, 2014

It's been a little more than two months since we started our married life. They've been two roller coaster months, but I can honestly say I wouldn't trade it. Adjusting to this new life - this merged life - with my Shayne has been a blessing! 

Here's a smattering of my favourite wedding pictures. You can see the whole 287 of them here. Our talented photographer is Simon Reid. Enjoy!

Etsy: Made in Canada PEI

September 25, 2014

I'm participating in my first craft show this weekend. It's this fabulous opportunity put on by Etsy Canada, where we all set up our little pop up markets around the country! You can read more about this all-Canadian event on the Etsy blog.

Here's a little preview of what to expect at PEI's Etsy: Made In Canada show!

  • There are over 40 Vendors setting up shop for the day at the Murphy Centre!!
  • Bernardin will be offering a crafting with mason jars class for FREE!
  • The Singing Strings will be performing from 11-2!
  • Girl Guide cookies will be available - so yummy!
  • Hush Puppy Po'boys Food Truck parked outside...I'm going to have to stay behind my table so I don't eat them all ;)

If you're local and want more information, you can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

So excited (and a little nervous) to be a first time vendor! Wish me luck!!

Thankfully Choosing Gratitude

September 24, 2014

Thankfulness. It has been on my mind a lot in the last few months. I've wrestled with the thought of being thankful unconditionally, pondered how I can better show thankfulness to those around me, and wondered how to really put away the sinful part of me that wants to keep quiet instead of expressing gratitude.

Romans 1:21-23 runs through my thoughts, reminding me why it is that thankfulness is so important!
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles."
A heart filled with gratitude is a heart that pleases God. More than that - a heart filled with gratitude is focused on God! When you purposefully thank God your heart naturally turns toward Him - and away from yourself! It's so beautiful to think about, and even more so when acted out. Your thankfulness can be used to bless others, inspiring their hearts to turn to God in thankfulness. It's a great cycle to be a part of - a thankful community, so to speak.

On the flip side, when you find yourself complaining and grumbling it truly shows the sinful state of your heart. Selfishness is usually the root of discontent - comparing how the Lord has blessed you with His blessings to another. It is all too easy for me to slip into this lazy habit of selfish thinking. Why can't I have ____ ? A baby? A new home? A new car? A new job? You fill in the blank. I know I'm not alone in this one. Left unchecked for long enough, a grumbling heart becomes hard, turns away from the Lord, and in the case of the Romans, God gave them up to their sinfulness.

So how do we combat ungratefulness in our own lives? It's simple, but not always easy. We must purpose to be thankful. Keeping a thankfulness journal - listing our 1000 gifts like Ann Voskamp suggests, thanking God in prayer for specific blessings (no matter how small, He loves to hear it), or speaking it out loud (perhaps to a spouse or friend - the point is not be preachy, but to express gratitude) are all ways we can practice thankfulness. 

My husband thinks cards are a waste of time, but I disagree. Writing notes of thanks to others who have blessed you encourages them, and I find it encourages me at the same time. It's so easy to get "down", but cards cheer me right up. Maybe not everyone gets the same high from receiving a card, but it really makes my day to find a note in my mailbox (or even in my e-mail inbox.) 

I'm no theologian, nor do I feel overly qualified to write this post, given the number of days I fight my own ungrateful heart, desperately praying to change my attitude. However, I've read this great book called Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She speaks right to the heart of the problem, and I'd recommend the book to anyone who wants to dive deeper into this thankfulness issue.

I'm challenging myself to express thankfulness purposefully. We'll see how these posts take shape, but for now I hope to post a few thankful notes each week. I intend to purposefully thank God for this beautiful life He's given me. Will you join me in choosing gratitude? It doesn't have to be a public affair, but consider keeping a list. And ladies - not just in your head, I know how many other thoughts are going on in there. Focus. Write it out! It will be good for you, and glorifying to God.

May our hearts be filled with thankfulness and overflow in love!