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Dressing Pretty…

Do you ever wish women wore dresses like this again?  I love the way women dressed back in the 1700s/1800s…and up I guess until the 1960s or 70s. 

Dont get me wrong…I love a good pair of blue jeans…worn in…old…magnificent blue jeans!…(all of which I still cant fit into…yet! ..just got my Brazil Butt Lift work out dvd’s in…yeah baby!…we’ll see if its a waste of money or not :))…but there is just something so lovely about dresses…

I have noticed that when I wear dresses…even just around the house…I feel differently…I feel prettier and more feminine…I am even more patient and kind and I work harder…Isnt that crazy??!

I know I’m weird…:)

Just a thought on this saturday…

I hope you are having a beautiful weekend!!!!

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A Blog Birthday!

Crown of Laurel Leaves is one year old!! Yeah, I know, whats the big deal right!?  Well, see, being that I am great at starting stuff…but not so great at follow through…this is pretty great!  One of the reasons I’ve kept at it is because I truly love to write and journal and share how I feel about stuff…and with a blog your voice actually gets heard…even if its only a small number of people who listen.

I want to say thank you for reading…for encouraging…for commenting.  You honestly dont know what it means to me!!!!

So, to celebrate COLL being a year old…I decided to make some off the chain cookies….ones that I’ve never tried before…ones that were so HUGE that I thought I would be up to my eyeballs in cookies when it was all said and done….I wasnt…but they were magnificent!!

They are called Cowboy Cookies…and this here below is simply the filling…like its not even in the flour butter and sugar mixture yet…yeah…lots a cookies…

Maris desperately wanted to help…

We took a break to goof off and eat cookie dough…

Then onto about 20 cookie sheets and into the oven…

We decided to even put a candle on top when they were done…although a little votive was all I could find..it worked…

Meanwhile Davis was being his sweet little self…He makes this face when his eyes catch mine and I know he knows his momma…

Blessed beyond measure…Thank you sweet and mighty Lord!!!  And thank you again for reading and being a part of this little spot I love so much!

You can find the cookie recipe here.

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Every single time I watch either of the Narnia movies, I end up crying at the end like a big baby.  I am so ready for the third one to come out.  Anyways, I watched the last half of the second one yesterday.  At the end, it was the part where the four say their goodbye’s and they walk through the hole in the tree and they are instantly back in England (is it England?)…at the train station.  Yep…I’m bawling.

At the risk of sounding rather strange, those stories tell such truth and when I watch, I am soooooooooooooooo transported to that world…to home…to my King…

As Christians, I think it gives us a tiny taste of what our true home will be like one day…actually seeing and being with Jesus, tons of adventure and horses, beauty unimaginable, relationships perfected…everything perfected….

And when they had to leave…my heart was screaming…NO!!! STAY!!! Narnia is what you were made for!  It’s what we all were made for…

And now…as I sit here typing this…my shirt has spit up all over it…I have about 50 loads of laundry to fold…a bad headache…and two precious ones asleep…

I can easily get caught up in what is to come…daydreaming…but in reality God has given me such responsibility and adventure right here…right now….even in the mundane things…

I am called to raise these two babies to fear the Lord and serve Him and love Him all the days of their life….I am called to make my home a sanctuary for my family, a place of warmth and beauty…I am called right now to love and care for boys who need a lot of love and care…I am called to fight for my husband and my children in a world ruled by an enemy that wants to steal, kill, and destroy…

So, I cant forget that what God has called me to now, may not be Narnia…but a kind of Narnia it is…and I would be good to realize that now is not the time to be concerned over so and so on the ever so addictive facebook…or obsessing over losing those last 10 pounds of baby fat…or procrastinating the laundry like I’m doing right now….Or wishing for a better this or that….

 …Now is the time to work, to love, to teach, to tell, to give…everything I’ve got…

(I am SO preaching to myself right now…and I’m sorry if I made no sense whatsoever)

Daniel has my Reforming Marriage book , so I will paraphrase, but there is a quote in it that says something like this…I love this…

When you and your husband and children have been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, then that eternal pile of laundry will finally come into perspective.

 

Have a magnificent Wednesday!!! Love to You!!

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Oh, this little boy…

 

God knew in my life of wild things…I needed a little laid back baby…

Davis still doesn’t know what to think of his sister…

She’s already a little Mama…

There is nothing sweeter than snuggling with him…his little hands are all over the place and he kicks his feet like he’s running a marathon…he moves his eyes and head like he’s a little baby bird…

Oh, this little boy…

I’m smitten…

Can you tell?

Have a great weekend!!!

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Books on marriage are by far my favorite to read.  I’ve read a good number of them…and this one I am reading now is the best.  Its called Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson.  My best friend Darla, her husband was reading it and I knew, once I read a couple pages out of his, that I had to get it.  I spend way too much money on Amazon by the way.  A problem. But, books on there are like 2 dollars used…cant beat that!

Anyways, while reading this book, I had a HUGE revelation I thought I’d share with you.  I mean, BIG.  While I was reading this particular part, Daniel was sitting on the other side of the couch and I kept saying…”oh my gosh” over and over.  I’m sure he thought what I was reading had something to do with him and the author was hitting the husbands over the head…(which he does do in a very brilliant and loving way)….but oh no….this ones on me buddy. 🙂

If you know me, you know that I like romance, as a lot of women and girls do.  I love romantic movies…romantic photographs…poems…songs with beautifully romantic lyrics…Song of Solomon…romantic and flowy dresses and clothes…romantic feeling home decor….You get the point…

Ok. So. Romance is a wonderful thing.  God is a Romantic God.  BUT………..oh, theres the but….a big ole but…when I place romance and romantic feelings before God…it is a big ole S. I. N.  An idol.  An idea and longing…(when placed upon my husband) that leaves me empty and dissatisfied.  Does that make any sense?

Let me just quote the author, I know he makes more sense than me…

“Romantic love, as it is commonly understood, is a modern idol of the mind, emotions, and heart.  Because many husbands and wives serve this idol, it is not surprising that it causes great dissatisfaction within marriages, hopeless expectations, quarrels, fights, and of course divorces. Idolatry occurs whenever we look to a created thing with the expectation that it be and do what only the living God can be and do.”

After Daniel and I had been married for a while…I noticed a change in our relationship.  We were growing closer, but those feelings…you know the ones I’m talking about….soon went away.  I would nag Daniel, poor thing, to be more romantic…that I NEEDED it…I needed him to show me in sweet and spontaneous ways that he loved me.  Well, I finally quit nagging and asking, but I still deep down missed those feelings we had when we were new in our relationship.

And, you see, what this author is directly speaking to, is the desire of mainly women to have their husbands pursue and be focused on keeping that spark and those feelings alive…when it just simply is impossible to do so.

Men are called to love their wives, to nourish them,  to protect them, to be tender and warm, but men are not called to be solely focused on romancing their wives.  Men are very task oriented.  Wilson states that men are oriented to a task, while the wives are oriented to their husbands.  And I have wanted for a long time, for Daniel to be like me, oriented to me, like I am him…and thats just not the way it works.

When this clicked with me, I let Daniel read this part in the book, and after he did, he looked at me and said, “So are you upset?”…and surprisingly I said, “NO!” with an excitement that was completely unexpected.  I felt like a burden was lifted.  I was done placing this thing, this idea, this longing on Daniels shoulders and before my God.  I was finished. And I apologized to Daniel and asked his forgiveness for nagging him all those times. 🙂

You see, romance is a glorious thing, in its context, and our marriage will have its ups and downs, I will have those feelings one day and then I wont for a while…but it is a far better love…a mature love…a lasting love that I am so thankful we have.  And, Lord, you can romance me all day long till the cows come home!  You are it!

Have a blessed Tuesday!

photo found here

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So, I am beginning to, every so often, write about something that is completely out of the box.  It may be music, art, books, people….something so totally opposite of boring and normal….all things creative and bold…

And in this first, ever so special blog entry I wanted to talk about photography…

I have always been quite the critic of photographers…I can be sort of critical and cynical over artistic things…photography, music, art, ect….I’m not sure why… I’m not saying its ok that I have that attitude and it is something I’m working on…

From todays title it is needless to say that I am not a fan of traditional photography…thats ok to say right?…You know the type….You walk by the photography studio window and there in a humongous golden frame is the little girl in her sunday best sitting politely in a chair holding a bunny….very sweet….

And then beside that photo there is another large photo of a family on the beach wearing their crisp white shirts and blue jeans with their half-grins and stiff poses…Can we please find another photo trend pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!!! 

Just not my style…

So, enough knocking…

Meet Erin Creel of Erin Creel Photography…

Her work is extraordinary…and maybe I love it because I’m artsy too and I love artsy stuff a little more than the next guy…girl…She loves what she does and it permeates every one of her pictures.  She is always creating new and imaginative ways to capture people, places, objects…mostly though its sweet little babies and youngins…

See, in my opinion, anyone can take a picture…but it takes an artist to make it into something more…

An image that speaks volumes…a moment that captures something truer…something very real…

I wish I could post a thousand more of her photographs because they are all stunning and even poignant.

Erin will be the first to tell you that God gave her this talent and it is completely from Him…from His hand…

I love seeing pieces of His creativity and artistry brought out passionately in another person…And Erin is certainly showing off His handiwork…His children…the apples of His eye in such lovely and rather magical ways…

Keep it up girl! You are an inspiration!

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I’ve been trying for a while now to come up with an event that Daniel and I could go to that would give me a perfect excuse to where something this gorgeous…

Sigh…

Another sigh….

My favorite…

If you know of something… please let me know so I can start saving some $$….

Have a wonderful Fourth!!! Love to you!!

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