Ugly Lemonerd Print Psalm 118:24

First print of the year. And it’s quite nice if I do say so myself. ;) And I do. Because I pretty much talk to myself on here. :)

I’m offering this in 2 colors this time: gray & white and white & black.

So take your pick. And admire my quite niceness. Do it. Do it.**

**(10 points if ya can name that movie! *hint: it came out almost 11 years ago, holy crow that’s unbelievable*)**

Anyway, back to the subject at hand: Download links!:)

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One for you! dropbox / drive

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 And One for you! dropbox / drive ULprint2015_psalm11824_whitesm ULprint2015_psalm11824_graysm

Pay It Forward 2015

I promised myself I would do something new this year, put myself out there in some way that would stretch my comfort zone. So I signed up for my bud Jessica’s PIF this year.

I would love it if FIVE(are there 5 of you out there??) of you out there would sign up for my Pay It Forward (PIF) for 2015!

I will send you something handmade in the mail sometime during the year. It will be surprise as to when it will be sent to you. Because everyone needs something other then bills in their mail. ;) I know I get excited to see real mail.

Leave a comment below with your email address, so I can contact you for your address to send ya something. :)

After five people leave a comment with their email, I will close the comments.

Post to your blog or Facebook, OR go out and spread some kindness in your community! Just pay it forward somehow during the year, go out of your way to make someone else’s day a little bit brighter!

2015 Word of the Year

Last year I shared prints of our words of the year. We had a family one, and each of us had a personal one. This year is no different.

Well actually it is. I don’t know if I am going to create prints for our words yet.

Alyson is still thinking about her word. Brad has his. And mine. Well mine is hard to share. This last year has beat me down. Personally. Emotionally. Brutally. Things I thought I knew, I found out were lies. Things I thought were lies, were truth. Things I thought I had, I didn’t. People I thought I knew, I didn’t. I really, really didn’t. And I am still stinging from last year. I had the hope beaten out of me. I didn’t shed a tear at midnight on the 31st. If I had been a drinking person I probably would have toasted it by getting toasted. It was that bad of a year. Sure some good things happened. But lots of scary, bad things happened, and I let them out weigh the good. I didn’t let the good shine. And I wish I had. I wish I could go back redo things, but ya know, hindsight and all that.

So this year things are going to be different. Not because I am going to make it different, but because God is going to. I am going to let go of me. More of Him, less of me. My word for this year is HOPE.

hope_uglylemonerd_2015It’s hard for me to share about personal things. Because I like to keep things close to the vest. At least on the internet. But truthfully? I think I need to let this out. It’s been dragging me to the bottom of the pit, and I am tired of feeling empty. Tired of feeling like there is nothing waiting for me out there because everything turns bad for us. So I am letting go of the pessimism. Or at least I am attempting to and trying to let God take that part for me.

Zephaniah 3:17 

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Romans 12:12

 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Psalm 43:5

 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

Psalm 71:14

 As for me, I will always have hope;
    I will praise you more and more.

So God: Here ya go. My life. My fears. My doubts. My pain. My hurts. My ugly attitudes. My lack of joy and peace. I give it to you. Fill my heart where you take these from. Help me to shine like you Lord. I want to be filled with HOPE and with joy, and with peace. I want to so radiate you Father, that people notice it. 

Thank you for last year Jesus. If for no other reason than I lean on you more this year: Thank you.

 

Family Quiz 2014 version

How the heck did it get to be 12 days until Christmas? This month is flying by me. I have no shopping done, which is fine because we aren’t exchanging gifts with anyone but Aly this year. There are now too many of us in the family for that to work out. #largefamilyproblems This year there are going to be 16 of us. That’s just parents, siblings and spouses and boyfriends(J isn’t seeing anyone, and the other two boys aren’t old enough), and kids. There isn’t room for extras. lol

After last year’s quiz I needed to revamp it and update it a bit. There were some questions that could cause insult and some that were just plain difficult to answer. I also narrowed it down to 2 pages, since I print ours front and back, it’s just one page. We turned ours into a game last year by picking random questions and reading from the stack to see how well we knew each other. It was quite entertaining!:)

Download the 2014 family quiz here / here

Download the 2014 front page for a family quiz binder here / here

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As a quick general update from my last post: We are still working on the shop website, things have gotten hectic and we keep putting it off, but it is happening. We have another craft show this weekend, so pray for us, I get so nervous. The plumber thought he fixed the problem, but all that happened was he slowed the leak, we are working on figuring out the solution, the washer is dying, but we are hoping to get at least a week or more out of it yet because the thought of making that purchase is killing me. My daughter and nephews are adorable. acz_1114_1sm
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What I’m most thankful for.

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Everyone always has a thanksgiving post, but I haven’t really felt that thankful lately. I could fill you in on all the reasons but truthfully? there is no reason. Telling you my frustrations and worries are not going to do anything about it. If you read this on the 1st, please pray that the plumber is able to fix the problem. I’d love to be able to shower in the upstairs bathroom again by my birthday.

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But back to what I am thankful for:

  • that God has met me where I am. In all my messy, messed up self. Thank you Lord for loving in spite of myself.
  • My husband. Each day I am reminded of how lucky I am to have him. Today he made me cry. In a good way. He understands my heart and completely supports it. Thanks God for forgiving our mistakes and blessing our marriage.
  • My Aly girl. She truly is an amazing kid. I have been so blessed to have her. Thank you Jesus for trusting me with her.
  • My nephews. They are part of my heart. Since we were never blessed with more than 1 child, these kids have been extensions to my heart. Thanks for sharing them with us Sisters!
  • My parents and siblings. They are there for the good and the horrible. And there are days I wouldn’t know how to go on without all of them.
  • My inlaws. We may not see eye to eye about anything, but without them I wouldn’t have that awesome dude I am married to and my kiddo.
  • We have a house. It has major problems right now, but I trust that God has a purpose for this.
  • We have a job. We may be struggling but at least we have a job and our bills are getting paid.

After Thanksgiving dinner, we took advantage of the chilly evening and no one being at the park and played for awhile. The kids had fun, so it was worth the chill!:) The day after I took the kids’ Christmas pictures. We’ve been pretty quiet around here waiting on plumbing, shower, washer problems to be fixed. Nothing majorly exciting. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 I need to hear this daily. :) More of Him, less of me.(john 3:30