Monday, March 23, 2009

Gratitude Questions

I read an article today that talked about how gratitude can improve your health. The article can be found here: Gratitude Improves Your Health. It recommended three questions that you could answer each day to help focus on gratitude in your life. Here are the questions.

* "What has surprised me?"

* "What has touched me?"

* "What has inspired me?"

I am going to give it a shot this week and see if I don't feel better. Today - March 23, 2009:

* "What has surprised me?" Birds singing.

* "What has touched me?" My husband fixing our dripping dryer vents last night

* "What has inspired me?" A post at Christus Gratiam Dat. - "Hotflashes: The Refiner's Fire?", written by a new Twitter friend.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Chinese Fashion Show

I Heart Faces "Green" - Kids Category

Jess in the Chinese Fashion Show Modeling a kimono from the 12th century. It was beautiful and so was she.

I Heart Faces - Green - Adult Category

Father & Daughter - I love this picture of these two. The theme this week is "Green" in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Hop on over to IheartFaces to check out the contest.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Intriguing Article: Why I Don't Go to Church Anymore

I read this article today on Heart of Wisdom blog. It is written by the author of the book by the same title. The basic premise is that WE are the church, not the brick and mortar building or the "institution" or the "organiztion". I have felt many of the same feelings of lack of authentic fellowship or meaningful connections with other believers. This has been the topic of several conversations I've had this week, so it seems sort of "fortuitous" that I happened on this article. If you have ever been disillusioned with organized church, you might find encouragement by reading this article.

Photos from the Lake

SUNSET ON LONG LAKE (a small inland lake just south of the Straits of Mackinac)





Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Woman Inspired - Online Conference

If you go to the link at Life with My 3 Boybarians, you might win a free pass to the conference. All you have to do to win is post a comment and she will choose a winner. Check it out.

Here are a few details about the conference:

What do the following women have in common?

Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries
Darlene Schacht from Christian Women Online Magazine
Janice Croze from Five Minutes for Mom
Allison Worthington from Blissfully Domestic
Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room
Tsh Oxenreider form Simple
Lisa McKay from The Preacher's Wife
Marybeth Whalen from Cheaper by the Dozen
Amy Bayliss from In Pursuit of Proverbs 31
Sheila Wray Gregoire from To Love, Honor and Vacuum
Shelly Ballestero from Beauty By God
Alllison Bottke from Boomer Babes Rock
Cindy Beal from Cindy
Natalie Witcher from Stiletto Army
Ginger Moore from Speaking Thru Me Ministries
Lynn Donovan from Spiritually Unequal Marriage

Brought to you by the same women who bring us Heart of the Matter Online, A Woman Inspired Conference is an opportunity for those of us who want the benefit of a conference without leaving home.

4 days of topics.
Lots of door prizes.
And all those amazing women on that list will be presenting.

You can learn more at the conference site -

Sunday, March 08, 2009

I Heart Faces Creative Crop: Little Boy Blue



I Heart Faces Creative Crop: My BFF and Smores



Cook-out where we had a big bonfire, lots of friends and messy, messy smores! Our Japanese friends came and got to experience the American way of eating outdoors, bonfires and more. Kego just loved being outside and running too and fro in the twilight. The hotdogs cooked on a stick over the fire were big hits all around.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Another Give-Away at Ten Two Studios - St. Pat's Day

Hop on over to Ten Two Studios for Lisa Vollrath's wonderful holiday countdown giveaways from now until St. Patrick's Day. She is so generous with her free downloads. She will be adding new posts each day.