What inspires me around the web…

Mel’s blog is anything but ordinary…I told her once that her story made me think of the book of Job – She’s dealt with one struggle after another and each one has brought her closer to God.  She’s real and honest and strong and courageous and loving and devoted and kind and crazy talented.  I am so lucky to call her my friend, she’s more than that she’s the example of faith that I want my children to follow (she’s Leighton’s Godmama) she’s what helps me get through some days that I find to be tough, she’s my common sense, the one who helps me get over my parenting OCD, she has brought out the kinda crafter in me, and her boys tire out my boy.  It makes me sad to think that I met Mel through the tragic loss of her 6 month old triplet son Owen, but I thank God that I found her blog along with 26,000 other readers have been touched by her words.  Check out her blog, but I must warn you, you’ll leave being a different person, a better person in whatever God has called you to do and you’ll never look at the color orange without thinking of that cute chunky money again.

Pintrest is my obsession…thank you Mel!  It’s a great website Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

Momastery

This blog’s name emerged from the idea that Motherhood is like a monastery … it’s a sacred place, apart from the world, where a seeker can figure out what matters and catch glimpses of God. It’s also like being pecked to death by merciless chickens. Often, while I am being mercilessly pecked, I dream of running away and joining a silent order of monks. Hence – Momastery.  Momastery is an open window. It’s a place to take a deep breath. It’s a place to drop out and tune in. It’s a place to stop striving, stop competing, stop suspecting, stop hiding. It’s a place to tell and hear the truth. To grow and rest. To be big and brave or small and silent. It’s a place to learn that perfection is a mirage …it’ll always disappear just before you arrive. Momastery is a place to get lost and found. It’s a place to love and be loved. It’s a touch stone. It’s a place to listen and be listened to. It’s a place to make mistakes and say I’m sorry. It’s a place to practice forgiveness. It’s a place to stop making motherhood and marriage harder by pretending they’re not hard. It’s a place to laugh till you pee and cry till you laugh. It’s a place to share your needs or share your extra. Momastery is a place to practice living bigger, bolder, and truer on this Earth. It’s a place to practice disagreeing with love and respect. It’s a place to remember what you already know: that Love Wins and that We Can Do Hard Things.

Chasing Rainbows

I began following Kate’s blog when she was introduced to the monkees through Momastery.  I was captured by her story and the willingness to do EVERYTHING that she could to make impossible things possible.  I was in awe of her strength, faith, dedication and courage to put it all out there.  Kate and her husband have suffered through 9 miscarraiges, 1 still birth, a journey with their special needs son, Gavin, who defied the odds time and time again in the 5 1/2 years he was here on earth, and an unexpected pregnancy they discovered the day Gavin died.  Her story is also sad, but it gives hope to others and in the midst of her grief she is doing good in Gavin’s name.  She started Gavin’s Trust Fund to continue to try to “make the impossible… possible” for kids like Gavin, knowing well how hard it can be to get much needed “special needs” items. It makes Kate happy to know that even after his death, Gavin continues to help others. All of your donations, big and small, will be added to Gavin’s Trust Project to help therapists and teachers get what they need for children in this program.

The Small Things Blog

Kate’s blog “The Small Things Blog” is great!  I found her on my passion, Pinterest.  She gives the best hair and style tutorials – although to be perfectly honest I have them pinned for the days that I have more than 30 seconds to do my hair!  She’s totally honest and gives all the products that she uses, the stores she shops at, and gives tips on how to make yourself as cute as she is.  She’s a Christian and believes that God gave her these talents to share.  I’ve tried a number of the products she’s recommended and they all work great!  I can’t wait for her “This is how to look fabulous when you have 4 minutes to get ready, a toddler tugging at your pant leg and a baby on your hip” tutorial which when she’s there in her life she’s gonna nail it and that blog entry will go viral!  She’s great go check her out!

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