Archives for February 2015

Midweek Morsel: Seasons Declare God’s Faithfulness

IMG_3470God’s faithfulness is proclaimed and evidenced throughout scripture. In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, one of the first such proclamations is recorded. God said:

“As long as the earth endures,
Seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

Because of God’s faithfulness, we can count on the seasons. We can count on spring after winter. We can count on God.

*How have you seen God’s faithfulness demonstrated lately?

*I took the above photo a couple of weeks ago. The evidence of the coming spring is even greater now. Thank you, Lord!

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Photo Booth Idea for Wedding Guest Book


Mother of the Bride, is your daughter looking for something fun or especially memorable to do in lieu of the more traditional wedding guest book? Here is an idea that may just be an answer to her bride-to-be prayers: a guest book featuring photo booth photos of your wedding guests!

A photo booth wedding guest book provides not only a super fun visual record of those attending the wedding, but it gives the guests a chance to include a personal message as well. As opposed to the formal feel of the traditional sign-your-name-on-the-line-provided guest book we usually see at weddings, a photo booth guest book takes on an almost yearbook feel. Fun and memorable!

Photo booths for reception fun are great, too, as they allow the guests to take memories home with them, but the photo booth for the wedding guest book will be for the benefit of the bride and groom.

The bride and groom are so distracted on the big day (imagine that!) that many times they don’t have solid memories of those who attended. After the newlyweds have returned from their honeymoon and things have calmed down a little, the photo booth guest book will allow them to review who was in attendance and to notice details they may have missed on wedding day.

So go ahead and mention this clever guest book idea to your daughter, MOB. She may decide it’s one of your best ideas yet!

*You might also like to read Photo Booth Fun for Your Wedding Guests, Wedding Guest Book Ideas, and Guest Book Idea: A Guest Tree.

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out earlier this month. It’s not too late to receive it. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr Photo by paperladyinvites, Creative Commons License

Hand Painted Wedding Shoes for the Bride!

MM Shoes 2 - Miranda Marie Storer

Mother of the Bride, would you like to bless your daughter with a super special touch to her bridal apparel? Well look no further. Have I got a fantastic idea for you. Help make your daughter’s big day especially memorable with hand painted wedding shoes!

Love, Miranda Marie is a couture business that features high fashion, hand painted wedding shoes. It is owned and operated by Miranda Marie Storer and she will customize wedding shoes especially for your precious daughter, MOB. One of the photos below shows Miranda at work.

Miranda’s inspiration to begin painting wedding shoes sprang from her personal frustration in finding shoes for her own wedding. Everything she found seemed too bland. Several months later Love, Miranda Marie was born. Now brides can wear shoes designed especially for them.

Miranda says, “I believe wedding shoes should be extremely special: an extension of the bride’s personality and the couple’s love!” She wants her shoes to bring glory to God—the one who gives her the talent to paint—and she also wants to show others that love and life are beautiful.

Miranda will customize shoes in any way that the bride—or anyone who wants a special pair of shoes—desires. She can include names, dates, portraits, and most any other designs the customer requests. You can see from the examples above and below that the possibilities are endless.

You can see more examples and find out more about Love, Miranda Marie on Etsy, Facebook, and also on Miranda’s blog .

So what are you waiting for, MOB? Check out Love, Miranda Marie today!

*You might also like to read Cute Idea for the Bride—Shoes to Match the Bouquet, Rustic Wedding Bridal Shoes: Boots—What Else?, Shoe Clips: Dressing Up Shoes for the Wedding, Wedding Shoes Trend: Color Is In!, Bridal Shoes: The Cute Factor, and Wedding Shoes: Sneakers for the Party!

profile pic 2 (3) - Miranda Marie Storer

AJ's shoes edit final - Miranda Marie StorerHand Painted Steampunk Shoes - Wedding Shoes 3 -Miranda Marie StorerBridal Shoes 2 - Miranda Marie Storer*Photos by Miranda Marie Storer

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out earlier this month. It’s not too late to receive it. Sign-up is free and to the right!

Untouched Treasure

IMG_3488I acquired some treasure around three years ago. That treasure? Two of my grandparents’ diaries—one of Grandpa Hoy’s and one of Grandma Barnes’s—along with two of Grandma’s travel journals.

The diaries and journals came into my possession after my parents decided to sell their house in Missouri and move to Tulsa. They started going through years of accumulated belongings and wanted to winnow down the amount of stuff they’d actually take with them. Of course, they naturally asked my sisters and me if we’d like to have certain things, and of course, we did indeed find things we wanted to hang on to. The grandparents’ diaries and journals were among those things. I took a few to keep and my sisters also took some.

Right away, I looked up certain important dates like wedding days, birthdays, etc., to see what my grandparents had written on those days. Since they were using those little five-year locking diaries that were so popular back in the 60s and 70s, they had only about four short lines to write the events of the day. Since they had to pick and choose what they’d record, it was especially interesting to see what they thought was important.

After that initial gander at the contents of the diaries, though, I’m sorry to admit that I let them sit untouched until just recently. Oh, I had every intention of going through them more thoroughly, but I let the busyness of life keep me from exploring and savoring these treasures like I should have.

But one day a couple of weeks ago as I was implementing my theme word for this year and resting from my work for a bit, I picked up one of my treasures again. And I’m so glad I did.

Without going into detail, I found an entry in Grandpa’s journal that gave me insight into an event that was quite upsetting to me at the time. I was a teenager, and like so many teenagers, I saw only one side of the story. But now a few precious words in Grandpa’s diary showed me another side. The new-found insight comforted me, even now so many years later.

Now I’m wondering what other gems I’ll find in my grandparents’ diaries and journals and am determined to not let this extraordinary treasure sit idle for so long again. I plan to make time to explore and savor my treasure as I should, knowing that other sweet moments and discoveries await me.

What other untouched treasures may be at my fingertips and yours just waiting to bless us when we’ll give them the time and attention they deserve? It’s a shame to let treasure go untouched, isn’t it? Let’s determine to open our treasures.

“I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3 NIV

*What are some other examples of untouched treasure? For many, the Word of God might fall into this category. What else comes to mind?

*My photo

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out earlier this month. It’s not too late to receive it. Sign-up is free and to the right!

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Williams Sonoma!


Mother of the Bride, has your daughter considered setting up a wedding registry at Williams Sonoma? Since it’s not one of the standard registries that most brides think of, setting up a registry at this amazing cooking store (and more!) might not have occurred to your darling bride-to-be.

Williams Sonoma offers top-of-the-line quality products that any newly married couple would be lucky to own. Since many of the items fall outside the price range most newlyweds like to stay within for their own purchases, what better way for your sweet girl and her beloved to begin to acquire these wonderful kitchen and home products than by receiving them as wedding gifts?

Like with most other registries, your daughter can create a Williams Sonoma registry online, but if she’d prefer, they also offer free in-store registry consultations. Even if she doesn’t feel like she needs a consultation, she might like to visit a store to see their products first hand. It always helps to see and handle items in order to choose what we like best, doesn’t it?

MOB, suggest the Williams Sonoma registry to your daughter and offer to visit a store with her. And then do your best not to want to buy everything in sight for yourself!

*You might also like to read Bridal Shower Idea: A Cooking Class!

*My photo

*The new issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, came out earlier this month. It’s not too late to receive it. Sign-up is free and to the right!