by laura janning

Showing posts with label Relections. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Relections. Show all posts

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

I just wanted to pop in and wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.~ Melody Beattie

I just love this picture (source unknown).  It speaks peace, calm and simplicity.

Happy Thanksgiving Message

November 28, 2013

Abundantly thankful for the many blessings that I have in my life

From my little Indian to you and yours......Happy Thanksgiving!

Grateful for~
Family and friends gathering at the house today

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Hey Girl

February 11, 2013

I am all for fun and when I saw this announcement for a 'Hey Girl Valentine Party' the other day here I thought I am game for a few laughs, why not.
You may have seen this image floating around, if not "Hey Girl" was birthed to pay homage to our sweet significant others in ways that we could only dream.
I hope you will enjoy a few of my dreams versions .


and finally
A girl can dream, can't she?

PS- If you are up for a few more laughs head over here to be entertained.

Grateful for~
The only man that I have ever loved, even if he never makes it into Michaels for me! 

Be Happier Starting Today!

January 2, 2013

Definition of happiness- 
1.delighted, pleased or glad as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person 
2. characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy.
I don't know many people who don't want to be happy, do you? Even though we are all on our own pursuit of happiness and figuring out what makes us happy, we can probably all agree, that happy just feels good. 
 Assuming you are already happy, what if I shared two ways for you to get "happier" this year. Would you be happy?  
If you are not currently happy,  just keep on looking at the first image. After a few seconds see if you are happy, if not, keep looking at the image until you are.

The first way-
A Gratitude List
Starting the minute you finish reading this and every day there after, take out a sheet of paper and write out a Gratitude list.
Look around you, look at what you have, look at the people in your life. 
Each day write out at least 3 things that you are grateful for. Studies have shown people who express gratitude on a daily basis are generally happier people.

The second tip-
Tell someone that you like them or love them.
Did you know that creating happiness for others doesn't have to cost money or have to involve material items. Sometimes just hearing " I like You" or " I love you"  creates happiness for both the receiver as well as the messenger, particularly when it is unexpected.
Two ways that I hope will make you a happier person today.
Okay, so are you ready to be happier this year?
She is!
PS-  I love you!
Grateful for~
The chance to see my husbands family from Dallas yesterday.

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2012

The Greatest Truth of Christmas is that the gift has already been given to you.

Many Holiday Blessings,
The Top This Top That Family

My faith is being tested today

December 12, 2012

Those of you who follow me know that I have not really gotten too personal in the year that I have been blogging. You know that I am blessed beyond measure to have 3 beautiful children, you know that I am married to a wonderful husband that I love dearly and that I live in the country in the middle of nowhere surrounded by natures beauty, my dogs, cats and donkeys.
But today is different. I am setting aside the holiday decor and holiday projects for something far more inspirational. Today my faith is being tested as I let you into my heart, share my soul and hopefully as I share a letter with you, a lesson as well. My friend Laura of Finding Home created The Greatest Gift Project which gives me another platform to be able to share my heart with you today. You can follow along here to see my letter.

What lights you up?

November 19, 2012

I am taking the week off  with my family to completely enjoy each other and to celebrate and appreciate all of the many blessings in my life.  I will be back on Wednesday to announce the winner of my Burlap Wreath giveaway that I am hosting here.
 Until then, I wanted to share some images from a beautiful lighthouse that we passed while on my girls trip this past weekend .

Have a wonderful Week!

Stop for a moment and Swing

August 31, 2012

You know how you always hear people say they wish life would slow down for a moment,
 well for me I wish I would slow down for a moment....
long enough to sit on my swing and enjoy the simple pleasures in my life, and the gifts that I have been blessed with. You know the one's that don't have to be hot-glued, spray painted or sewn with a drop cloth.
One's that look more like throwing rocks in the lake with my kids or fishing on the dock with my husband. 
Who knows, I might even take the paddle boat out for a spin and only if I promise myself I won't decorate it while I am paddling away!
What simple pleasures will you be enjoying this long weekend?

See you Saturday for my weekly wow's.

My inspiring nature walk through the Great Smoky Mountains

February 28, 2012

My family was fortunate to get away to Tennessee over President's Day weekend. We have always made the Great Smokey Mountain National Park a yearly event and a nature hike part of the tradition. My kids just love everything outdoors so the trip is always perfect.
It was during this walk that I began to be inspired not by the clear, beautiful rapids of the water
or the gorgeous old hardwood trees that have grown into their own unique shapes over the past hundred years
or looking down from 6,600 feet at the most visited national park in the United States.
My inspiration this day was found here
Don't get me wrong this is absolutely beautiful
but on this particular day it was just
 It was everywhere and it was so beautifully green when everything else was'nt.
So, I am working on a few projects using my inspiring nature walk and moss. As soon as I get my head out of the clouds, I will show you what I come up with.

I Dig You

February 14, 2012

When my husband first uttered those three little words my heart stopped, but just for second.
When we became one in our commitment as husband and wife, those three little words were not only in our hearts but on our hands.
When we lay in bed at night to sleep, those three little letters are not only in our hearts but on our bed.
Around the house, those three little letters serve as a constant reminder of how much I love you.
Those three little words complete me and so do you.

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Valentine Gift for the man who has everything

February 7, 2012

I had ever intention today of showing you a cute idea that I usually put together for my husband- the man who has everything, for Valentines Day this year. A photo collage using some little props/letters to spell out endearing words and sayings.
It worked for Dad's birthday gift last year
It worked for my Christmas Card

and so, I thought I would try it for Valentines Day. 
A sweet little picture, in a sweet little frame.
 So, here's my first attempt at capturing the right shot
my second attempt
and third
Then I realized, you know what my husband will love more then the sweet little picture in the sweet little frame? He will love that I was thinking about him.  He will love the amount of time I spent thinking about what to get him. He will love the fact that the kids really had a good time "making" daddy a gift. He will love that the kids probably frustrated mommy because she couldn't get the "right" shot. 
But, I think what he will love even more then anything is knowing how much we love him and adore him.  
Ya know, the more I think about it, that just makes next year's gift a whole lot easier!