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Time Again…

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

…for me to cheat in order to get in a post everyday. I find myself, lately, rather sapped of energy as I try to play catch-up with so many things. So, just for fun, I’m going to take a whack at a challenge that has been going around Facebook for awhile. It’s a 30-Day Photo Challenge, and I thought it might be a nice change of pace to post a photo to write about, instead of just writing. I will still do Monday School & Thankful Thursday, but the rest of the time, I’ll be posting photos. I may even incorporate the 30-Day Challenge with those memes.

I appreciate your patience as I just experiment wildly, come and go, and write as I please. Hey, it’s my blog. I can do what I want!

I’ve always thought I should post more pictures here, anyway. This ought to be fun. Here are the photo topics:

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 – A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 – A picture of your night.
Day 05 – A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 – A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 – A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 – A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 – A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 – A picture of something you love.
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel.
Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 – A picture of your day.
Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of.
Day 29 – A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss.

Oh! On a completely unrelated note, I was delighted to discover that a very dear friend of mine has had a blog for years, and I didn’t even know. She calls it “Wonderful Suddenlies.” Isn’t that a scrumptious name? I love saying it. And it fits her adorable, humble, sweet personality just perfectly. Go visit, and tell her that Tiff says “Hi.”

See you tomorrow! Thanks so much for sticking around through all my weirdness. Let’s just say I’m “finding my blogging self,” and call it a day, shall we? Thanks!

~Tiffany

Topic 18: Accomplishments.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

This week’s 30 More Topic has confounded me. I look back on my life, and I don’t really see any “great” accomplishments. Anything resembling an accomplishment of any “great” magnitude in my life has been due to the influence and working of the Holy Spirit within and through me. I do not say this to seem spiritual or super-duper humble. I am neither of those things. I have some humble moments here and there, but that’s about all that can be said for me in that arena.

Perhaps I am taking this question too seriously. I have a tendency to do that.

Still, at the ripe old age of 29, I have had relatively little time to accomplish very much. I cannot say I have accomplished motherhood, because my stint here is not anywhere near completed. I am right in the middle of its glorious messiness. I consider it an accomplishment if I go to bed with a clean kitchen, and the coffee fairies have been set to work! My life feels more like a long series of little, mundane accomplishments and failures that happen moment by moment.

Still, I suppose “greatest” is a relative term. Those little accomplishments throughout my day certainly feel great, and were achieved with great effort at the time.

Things like…

…confronting the third, entire glass of milk in a morning, whose contents have been splattered across most of the kitchen’s landscape – including the sliding glass door and vertical blinds, without losing my temper, or even being significantly rumpled. Outwardly, anyway.

…using little to no sarcasm, snippy-ness, or nagging in my communications with Levi in the course of a day. It’s so easy to resort to this, because it comes so naturally to my “I’m always right” sensibilities. Especially on Sunday mornings. If I can make it an entire day without doing this, it’s a miracle.

…checking off even one item on my to-do list for the day, and not kicking myself for neglecting to do everything on that evil, ever-present, ever-growing list.

…making a loved one smile on a bad day. If I can scatter a little sunshine here and there during my day, I can go to bed feeling as though I have accomplished a small part of God’s purpose for me. Even better if I did it for anyone living in my own household.

…getting through all of our planned schooling for each day. Without anyone needing to be strung up by their little dirty toes. Or Mommy needing a time-out. Okay, it’s not that bad – I really enjoy our school time, but even on the easy days, it takes a lot of commitment to get through all we need to in order to make progress.

…remembering appointments or commitments. I sometimes forget these things, even if I have written them down on both of my calendars. It’s really quite ridiculous and inexcusable. My accomplishment here is that this forgetfulness is happening less and less, if I step back and look at the big picture.

…maintaining any kind of vague routine for more than a week at a time.

There you have it: my greatest accomplishments in life. Aren’t you impressed? I knew you would be!

In all seriousness, though, I really do feel strongly that anything great I have accomplished (like childbirth) is not because of my inherent goodness or strength. After all, any goodness in me is like a filthy, dirty, used-up rag compared to the pristine, white linen standard of perfection held aloft by Jesus. Any unadulterated goodness in me comes directly from His work in me. And I like it that way. Kind of takes the pressure off of me. I can throw up my hands in surrender, and ask Him to just take over, because I’ve already screwed up. The beauty of it is that He does!

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV – emphasis mine)

Ultimately, the more surrendered I am, the more accomplished I am. May this be more and more true of me every moment, every day.

What things make you feel accomplished?

May your day be filled with little accomplishments and encouragements.

~Tiffany

Topic 17: A Style All My Own, If Money Were No Object

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Since I caught my niece’s tummy bug, and woke with a migraine, I am very happy that today’s theme requires almost no writing whatsoever. As you know, I have been doing about one topic each week from my friends’ 30 More challenge. I have to admit, too, that I started working on this one weeks ago, because it’s just fun! I get to share my personal style with you.

I love window-shopping, even if I don’t have the money to buy – just getting ideas is often helpful, and I can usually find similar looks at thrift stores or discount stores like Ross. So, without further ado (and so far, no need to run for the bathroom), I bring you my favorite looks:

This first one is what I look for when I shop for clothes – the hippy look is positively me. However, it can be hard to find just what works on my figure. I am really bummed that flare-leg jeans are no longer popular, as that would be all I would wear if I could get my hands on a pair that worked on my distinctly “mother-of-four” figure. And those bell bottoms with the green insert? I about fainted when I saw them!

Everyday Hippie
Roberto Cavalli, French Connection, Soprano
I love organic, hippie-ish, flowery, feminine clothes.

If I could, I would probably wear a long, flowy dress everyday of my life. I love the feeling of fabric wooshing and swishing about my legs, and the sense of freedom pants can never seem to give. Not to mention that long dresses and skirts make me feel more fairy-like and elfin than anything else. And who wouldn’t feel pretty and graceful if they felt like that?

I Feel like a Fairy
Free People, Roberto Cavalli, Free People
I adore wearing dresses – for no good reason. Especially ones that are very girly, very flowy, and unique.

Originally, I found the following shirt in a lovely shade of green-yellow, but since I put this together, it sold out. I am far too tired to bother trying to find another in the right color, so picture this shirt style in a rich green, and you get the idea.

Green & Gold
Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, Lucky Brand, Free People
Things that sparkle, and remind me of sunshine and leaves are my favorite accessories. And – a good example of shirt styles I…

Great. Now I want to go shopping.

What is your favorite style of clothes? Why is that? Do you have an item in your closet that screams your personality more than anything else you own? What is it?

This one has been fun, but I need to go lie down again – I’m feeling distinctly woozy.

~Tiffany

Topic 16: What is your favorite magazine, book and poem?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’ve put this topic off for a bit, because I have no idea how to answer the first part. I could use the Christian default, and say “the Bible,” but that would be cheating. Even though it really is my favorite book, seeing as how it’s the only book that actually seems to know me, I kind of feel like it would be the easy way out to list it.

Favorite book? Just one?

I don’t have just one favorite book. I have favorites in a few genres. Well, this is my blog, after all, and since I don’t have a favorite magazine (I rarely read one), you’ll get a list of favorites.

Historical Fiction:
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. (Anne and I are one and the same, you know.)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Science Fiction:
Contact by Carl Sagan
1984 by George Orwell
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Children’s Books:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Fantasy:
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, along with all of his “Middle Earth” literature. I have yet to come across any fantasy stories I think are worth reading at all.

Thriller/Suspense:
The Oath by Frank Peretti

Christian Fiction:
This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti
And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Non-Fiction: (a genre I am admittedly lacking in)
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

Birth Junkie:
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian and Charlotte De Vries
I have a very long list of books I want to read in this category…sigh…these are the favorites of the ones I’ve read thus far.

I told you. Lots of favorites.

On a side note, I know there are a lot of good books out there, outside the classic authors. I just have a hard time going to the library, and picking a book at random off of the shelf to try. Online reviews are useless, as they always conflict. I prefer recommendations from people I know, and who know my taste.

If I’m going to read a book, I want to know that it has a decent chance of being worth my time.

So, if you have any recommendations, especially in the science fiction, non-fiction, or fantasy genres, that would be great! Also, I’m not very familiar with newer authors, so any newer books out there you think worth reading would be welcome recommendations as well.

If I were to read magazines, they would probably be something like National Geographic, because I am a nerd. Maybe even decorating magazines.

On to the last part of the question:

My favorite poem? By far, I love Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Swing.”

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

What are your favorites? Any reading recommendations for me? Thanks for leaving your two cents (or more)!

~Tiffany

This topic is from the 30 More post by my friend, Erica. This is also my post for the day for the WordPress Post a Day Challenge. Would you like to join? Sign up for the Post a Day/Week HERE.

Topic 15: Moments Frozen in Time

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

“Some songs bring us back to a moment….Share with us a song and the moment it reminds you of.”

The song “Every Moment”, by DeGarmo & Key (an 80’s Christian band), is one I grew up with. This song takes me back to Sunday drives after church with my sisters and my parents. I still remember the “llama place,” the mountains, the fields, and the little rivers that flashed past the car window. I remember listening to Mom & Dad just talk in the front seats. I remember singing goofy songs together, and I remember singing along to songs like this in our tape player. It takes me back to my very happy childhood, and those little, daily memories that form the foundation of love our family is built on.

It always reminds me that this is the same kind of legacy I want to leave for my children. BIG things are alright, but its the snapshots of love, in everyday life, that I want my kids to remember. I want them to remember me smiling and joyful when they look back on their childhood. I want to make a difference in the lives of my children, in the hopes that they’ll go out and make a difference in the world around them. This song takes me there.

My favorite part is the second verse:

“Everybody wants to be remembered,
for something good, kindness they’ve shown.
I want to help this world to find the answer.
No one ever has to walk alone.
When my time is over, I’ll be satisfied.
I thank God for the good times,
every moment of my life.”

Another song I can think of (but cannot, for the life of me, find a place where you can listen to it), is “Wonderful” by Bleach. It takes me back to a moment not long before Levi proposed to me, in 2000. Levi and I, along with a bunch of his family and a friend or two, drove up to George, WA to attend Creation 2000. On the way back, everyone fell asleep during my turn at the wheel. Bleach was playing in our CD player. “Wonderful” began playing, and about halfway through it, I felt a hand reach over and hold mine. I looked at Levi, who was next to me in the passenger seat, and he was looking at me through half-closed, sleepy eyes, and smiling at me.

“This is how I feel about you,” he said.

I smiled back, and paid attention to the lyrics, and tried not to cry, since I was driving. Needless to say, it takes me back to our “twitter-pated” days.

I remember it like it was yesterday. It became our recessional song for our wedding. This is the only thing I could find that gives you an idea of the sound: Click HERE.

Here are the lyrics:

As we walk hand in hand, she holds me tightly, cause she’s my girl.
As we walk hand in hand, she smiles so brightly, cause I’m her guy.
As we walk hand in hand, we’ll help each other, this love’s so true.
As we walk hand in hand, He loves us dearly, this three’s now one.

It’s wonderful, so wonderful.
It’s wonderful, so wonderful.

As we walk hand in hand, I feel a joy come over me.
As we walk hand in hand, I know we’re where God wants us to be.
As we walk hand in hand, she’s thinking of me, wherever she goes.
As we walk hand in hand, I whisper softly, what she already knows.

It’s wonderful, so wonderful.
It’s wonderful, so wonderful.

It’s wonderful, so wonderful.
It’s wonderful, so wonderful.

I thank you lord for all you’ve done.
You gave it all, you gave your Son.
And now you’ve given me this girl.
It’s wonderful.

As we walk hand in hand, she holds me tightly, cause she’s my girl.
As we walk hand in hand, she smiles so brightly, cause I’m her guy.
As we walk hand in hand, we’ll help each other, this love’s so true.
As we walk hand in hand, He loves us dearly, this three’s now one.

What about you? Is there a song that takes you back? Where to?