30th Apr2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday 3

Spring has finally sprung….

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


28th Apr2011

Heart of Haiti: A Woman Who Helped Me

by Daenel
Mom with the Three of Us
One of my favorite pictures of the three of us with my mother, it was our first snow

One of my mother’s favorite sayings is “Give me my flowers while I’m still living.” Meaning, don’t celebrate me and talk about how much you love me after I’m gone, tell me now while I can appreciate it.  I used to think that was such a hard thing to say until my father passed away a few years ago and I wrote a post about how much I loved him and would miss him.  Seriously, it’s so much easier to tell people you love them while they’re still with you and it’s better for the soul.  So, Mom, here are your flowers…

My sisters and I were raised in church.  In fact, we used to joke that when we were released from the hospital our first stop was the church.  Which really isn’t that far from the truth since we had to pass by the church to get to our apartment.  Anyway, suffice it to say, we were in church a lot.  During my early years, I thought everyone was in church 5 to 6 days out of the week, it wasn’t until my teen years that I realized we were, um, different.  That was also when I began to resent all the time spent sitting on those hard pews.

I wanted to be like the other kids in school ~ go to dances, attend parties, hang out at the clubs, listen to Michael Jackson or Prince, anything but gospel, but Mom wouldn’t let us.  Nope, we had to have ourselves dressed and ready for that 2 hour drive to church every Sunday morning and a couple of times during the week.  Yes, our church was 2 hours away from our house.  Do you know how hard it was to do homework in a moving vehicle?

As I grew older, I strayed from the path that she had set me on, I even tested pushed jumped way over the boundaries when I lived at home.  How she survived me, I’ll never know! But now that I’m older and have children of my own, I understand what she was doing and I truly appreciate it.

Mom, if you’re reading this, and I know you are because all moms read their childrens’ blogs don’t they, I want to thank you for the nights you spent listening to me as I recited the books of the Bible for Sunday school.  Had to earn that penny candy from Elder Osbourn.  I want to thank you for the hours that you spent praying that I would survive whatever craziness I had gotten myself into that day.  Remember the celebratory phone call on my 21st birthday because everyone was soooo happy/surprised that I made it?  But, most of all, I just want to thank you for helping me to learn the meaning of God’s love.

While heartfelt and truly appreciative of everything that my mother has taught me over the years (and continues to teach me), this post was written to raise awareness about the Heart of Haiti Project and how you can help women help their children through the purchase of handmade goods.

About the Heart of Haiti Project

Heart of Haiti

The Heart of Haiti Project is an initiative founded by Willa Shalit (daughter of Gene Shalit) and her company,Fairwinds Trading, a for-profit company that uses business as a strategy for economic empowerment of people, especially women, in the Majority World. The Majority World is where two billion of the world’s three billion people live, in poverty.

Through a partnership with Macy’s and their Shop For A Better World’ initiative, Heart of Haiti offers artisan-crafted decorative arts and jewelry for sale. All income derived from sales of the products on the Heart of Haiti site enhances an artisan’s family’s nutrition, educates children, and brings access to healthcare and dignity.

Information was taken from Clever Girls Collective.

To view the Shop for a Better World/Heart of Haiti collection in its entirety (including just added items for Spring), please click here.

Please use the Promocode:  CLEVERGIRLS to receive 15% off all Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace products for Mothers’ Day gifts purchased between 3~8 May 2011.


Disclosure:   I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity.  All opinions are my own.

28th Apr2011

Hey! I’m Guest Posting at Mom’s Toolbox

by Daenel
SOAP Ring

Click Here To Check Out My Guest Post on Mom's Toolbox

Today I’m guest posting at Mom’s Toolbox for today’s Blogging Through The Gospels reading. So please head on over there and check it out!

26th Apr2011

What I Wore Wednesday #5

by Daenel

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story.  Anyway, I decided to create this meme as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as celebrate my love and yours for shoes.  So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners. For more information, click here.

Now on to this week’s What I Wore Wednesday…

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday's Work Outfit

Shirt ~ Deb’s
Hair Clip ~ Target

What I Wore Thursday
Thursday’s Work Outfit

Cardi ~ Charlotte Tarantino for HSN
Tank ~ Kmart
Ring ~ Pier 1 Imports

 

What I Wore Friday

Friday's Casual Outfit

T~Shirt ~ Adoption Mama

 

Monday's Hanging With Miss 17 Outfit

What I Wore Monday

Dress, Cardi, Shoes ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Bracelets ~ Target
Jeans ~ Kmart

What I Wore Tuesday

Tuesday's Work Outfit

Tunic ~ Susan Graver for QVC
Leather Cuff ~ the Bare Accessories

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!


Disclosure:  I haven’t received any compensation for any of the products mentioned, I just like them and want to share where I purchased them.

26th Apr2011

Religious Civility, Where Has It Gone?

by Daenel
Silhouettes of Three Crosses

Image By Microsoft Clip Art

It’s been a couple of days since Resurrection Sunday (Easter to some) and I’m finally in a place where I can write this post without getting teary~eyed…

On Sunday morning, I woke up and checked up on all my people like I normally do.  I sent out “Happy Resurrection Sunday” messages to a few friends and family and then went on about my day.  Later that afternoon, I checked a couple of my usual online haunts (Facebook, Friendfeed and Twitter) to see what people were up to and was shocked at the level of meanness that people were showing towards those who observe Easter/Resurrection Sunday.  Out of respect and love for my Lord and Savior, I will not repost any of the comments, nor will I link to them, but suffice it to say, some of the comments were pretty nasty.

I realize that not everyone observes the religious aspects of Easter/Resurrection Sunday but I do expect a certain amount of respect for those who do.  I don’t know if I was just being hyper~sensitive that day but it seemed like every TV show and movie was questioning the existence of God over something trivial, so to log on to Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed and see similar comments or derogatory statements from people I consider to be friends just stung.

In the end, I unplugged for the day and chose to focus on things I could control.  I’m not the type of person who shoves my religious beliefs down the throats of others.  I believe in Jesus and I have accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior (my statement of faith is even posted on the left sidebar), if you have questions, you can ask me.  I do post things related to my faith on my blog, so my religious beliefs are not a secret nor do I want them to be.

I’m not naive enough to believe that everyone has reverence for that day but I guess I just thought people had a bit more, I don’t know, respect…

What do you do when friends or family belittle your religious beliefs?  Do you call them on the carpet?  Or do you just let it go?

25th Apr2011

Makeup Free Monday Mingle: Music, Easter Plans and Traditions

by Daenel

Join me for my new meme SHOE STYLE SATURDAY!

For more information, click here!

 

Makeup Free MondayMakeup Free Monday is hosted by The Beauty Bean as an initiative for women to celebrate real beauty.  I love makeup almost as much as I love shoes but I also like encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty.  Confidence is beautiful, makeup is the enhancer.

Monday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:Monday Mingle

1. Do you have an iPod or other music source? Name 3 artists from different genres that you currently have on there.
2. What are your plans for Easter?
3. What traditions did you have for Easter when you were a kid?

Next week we’re free~stylin’ it!

 

24th Apr2011

No Greater Love

by Daenel

John 3:16

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

John 15:13

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

As parents, we’re conditioned to say that we would sacrifice everything for our children, even our own lives.  But would you sacrifice your life for a friend?  For a complete stranger?  Would you, knowing that your friend, was guilty of a crime, go before the judge and say “Your Honor, here I am, I’ll take my friend’s punishment”?  That’s what Jesus did for us when he was crucified, he was punished for crimes he never committed so that we could go free.  Every time I think of what He did for me, my heart overflows…

Disclaimer:  Video is from YouTube. If you are the owner of this video and would like for me to remove it, please contact me and I will do so…

23rd Apr2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel


Shoe Style Saturday 2

BCBGirls from Burlington Coat Factory.  I bought these last summer and I think I’ve only worn them 3 or 4 times.  I want to get brave enough to wear them with a dress…

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do isShoe Style Saturday

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


22nd Apr2011

Product Review: Adoption Mama T~Shirts

by Daenel

Adoption Mama TeeOk, for the most part, I’m not one of those people who clicks on the ads that flash in my sidebar when I’m perusing my hotmail.  Yep, I still have a hotmail account, it’s one of those things that I keep for sentimental reasons.  But, in my defense, I do have several gmail accounts (so can I keep my geek card, please?).  Anyway, one day while scanning my email, a picture of a cute little tee popped up on the right side of my screen and I clicked it…

The link took me to Adoption Mama, a website that sells “unique adoption~themed designs.”  Nope, I haven’t adopted any kids but I do love myself some mama tees, so I figured why not poke around and see if I could find one that appealed to me…  Anyway, after looking around, I found the tee that I’m wearing in the picture and decided to order it.  Imagine my surprise when the tee only cost me a total of $14.95 (including shipping and handling)!  They’re still running a $10 t~shirt special, so head on over there.  Now.

The tees are fitted 100% pre~shrunk cotton (the one I’m wearing in the picture is an XL).  So if you don’t like your tees fitted, you either need to size up or try the “Ladies’ Cuts” which are much loser and more generously cut.  The designs are cute and each one celebrates motherhood in all its forms (there are also t~shirts for fathers and grandmothers).

You can “like” Adoption Mama on Facebook or follow them on Twitter

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, I just think these are cute mama~inspired tees.

20th Apr2011

What I Wore Wednesday #4

by Daenel

Join me for Shoe Style Saturday this Saturday!

I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story.  Anyway, I decided to create this meme as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as celebrate my love and yours for shoes.  So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

Now on to this week’s What I Wore Wednesday…

What I Wore Wednesday #4

My favorite outfit of the week was Wednesday.  I love the pearls with the rosettes, it just had a vintagy feel to it.

The headband that I wore on Sunday was crocheted by me!  The center is a button from a pair of pants that I no longer wear.  I think after I figured out the stitches it took me about 20 minutes to make.

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

19th Apr2011

Why Do Moms Kill?

by Daenel

Disclaimer:  This is by no means a defense of women who kill their children, this is an argument against entities that ignore the cries for help of mothers who are on the edge…

Every time we hear stories about a mother who has killed her children, we ask ourselves why?  Why would a mother go to such extreme measures?  Why didn’t she just leave if she couldn’t handle it?  How come none of her family members stepped in before it was too late?  Where was the children’s father?

The easy answer is people expect mothering to be instinctual ~ woman gets pregnant, has baby and maternal knowledge, patience and skill are imparted.  The truth is, being a mom isn’t the easy jump back into your pre~pregnancy clothes and bask in the love of your newborn infant life that we see flashed across television screens.  Being a mom is hard, smelly, loud work.  Babies demand.  Babies poop.  Babies cry.  There will be days when you won’t shower.  There will be weeks (months?) when you’ll look in the mirror and not recognize the person staring back at you.

We live in a culture that has set unreasonable expectations of motherhood (while at the same time denigrating women who choose to devote themselves to home and hearth).  Celebrities are paraded on magazines and television shows as the epitome of motherhood, they have it all and can do it all ~ fix gourmet meals while breastfeeding their adorable tots while still looking glamorous in their size 00 dresses.  No one points out the round~the~clock nannies on staff, the nutritionist who plans the meals, the housekeepers who polish the silverware and the physical trainer who whips them into shape.

I was a mom of four kids all under the age of five many many years ago and I remember sitting in the bathroom on the floor with the door closed crying because I didn’t think I could handle it anymore.  I remember seeing the tiny fingers sliding under the door and wishing they would just disappear.  I remember when they learned to write and those fingers started sliding notes under the door…  But I also remember the days when I couldn’t stop kissing them or when the only thing I wanted to do was hold them and stare into their big brown eyes.  Sometimes I can still hear the echo of their toddler voices begging me to put their socks on their hands, “Put it on, Mommy.”   To this day, I’m not sure what that was about, but they loved wearing their socks on their hands

My kids are teenagers now but I still remember how cut off I felt from the rest of the world when I was a SAHM.  I didn’t have Facebook, Twitter and the myriad of other social networking sites that moms have at their disposal today.  If my husband wasn’t available or my family didn’t answer the phone, I could go days without talking to another adult.

I think the women who reach the depths of murderous depression suffer from the same sense of alienation but with a side of hopelessness.  The men (husbands, baby daddies, etc) in their lives are emotionally (physically) absent from the relationship and the woman is left to handle things on her own.  Women are expected to be able to do it all ~ grace under pressure…

I’m not talking about women like Susan Smith who murdered her children so she could maintain a romantic relationship or the woman who committed a murder~suicide by driving her minivan into the Hudson River because of an argument, I’m talking about women like Andrea Yates who murdered her five children after suffering for years from bouts of depression/postpartum depression.  Not all women who can have children should be mothers and not all mothers should be stay~at~home~moms.  It’s hard work that requires a patience, dedication, love, devotion, physical, spiritual and emotional stamina that you don’t just get because you’ve given birth. 

What was the most surprising/disappointing thing about motherhood?  Do you think you were fully prepared for everything that it involves?  Were you able to create a support system?

18th Apr2011

Loose Threads and Other Random Thoughts

by Daenel

Rainbow After the StormWeekends in my house tend to be quiet.  The kids usually go and stay with my mother~in~law pretty much from the minute they step off the bus until we force ask them to come home.  And the hubs either works, races or hangs out with his friends so I’m pretty much left to my own devices, which I love.

This weekend, however, was different.  I survived a “man cold”, made a headband and weathered a power outage…

Friday

I woke up to hear the hubs moaning into the phone “I’m not coming in today” sniff sniff “I don’t feel well” cough cough. Inwardly, I groaned because this didn’t bode well for me.  He hung up the phone, rolled over, looked at me with one eye peeking from beneath the blanket and whispered “Feel my head, do I feel warm?”  It’s beginning already.  I rolled over and pulled the covers up over my shoulders.  If I ignored him, he’d go away.  He didn’t.  He.  Just.  Kept.  Whining.  A few minutes later, I threw the covers off of me and they landed on him.  “Owwwww, that hurt” he moaned from beneath the blankets.  Yes, seriously.  By lunch time, I was ready to give him a double dose of Nyquil.  Noting the irritation in my voice, the hubs looked at me sheepishly and said, “Remember the last time I was sick and you made fun of me?”  I remembered.  “I had pneumonia.”  True enough, he had been diagnosed with pneumonia and the doctor did want to admit him to the hospital and my eyes had almost become stuck at the top of my head from the constant rolling.  I resolved to be a bit more sympathetic.  Until the next “owwwww”.

Saturday

Handmade Three~Strap Flower HeadbandI taught myself how to crochet a three~strand headband.  I’ve seen them all over the place.  Actually, the ones I’ve noticed are sewn but I don’t sew so, um, yeah, I crocheted it.  They’re just too cute and, in the summer, I’m all about pulling my hair back.  The center of the flower is a button from a pair of pants I no longer wear.  I think the entire thing took me about twenty minutes to complete after I figured out the stitches.

Sunday

The hubs was feeling much better so he brought me breakfast in bed.  I ended up feeling guilty because I’d been making fun of him all weekend for being sick, but when I tasted the eggs…  Why do things taste better when someone else cooks it? Really, by the time Sunday rolled around, the whimpers and cries of “owww” had become quite funny…

Later that afternoon, after ensuring that the hubs and the kids had food and water, I left for work.  With a cloud of rain, wind, locusts and other dark things following me.  About three hours into my shift at the library, we heard a crash and the building started shaking.  About ten to fifteen seconds later, the power went out and the alarms started blaring.  The students and I were sitting there like wth?  We waited.  Nothing.  Finally, I called security to let them know what’s happened.  I also called the library director.  One of the students told me that a tree had fallen into the building and landed on the power lines, and the whole campus was without power.  I evacuated the library and went home.

With a cloud of rain, wind, locusts and other dark things following me.  My car was blown from side to side, tree limbs fell into the road and power lines sagged under the weight of trees.  It was possibly one of the scariest drives home I’ve ever had.  In the Spring.

So, how was your weekend?

17th Apr2011

Blogging Through The Gospels: Matthew 14

by Daenel

SOAP RingSCRIPTURE

Matthew 14:13~14

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.  Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.

14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

OBSERVATION

Jesus had just learned of the death of John the Baptist and was retreating to privately mourn the loss of His cousin. But the crowds followed Him and, He understanding that their needs were greater than His sorrow, had mercy on them.

APPLICATION

As a mother, I know what it’s like to set aside my need for solitude and a moment to “regroup” to meet the needs of my children, but I don’t know what it’s like to sacrifice my “me time” to meet the needs of complete strangers.  Especially, when you’re talking about mourning the loss of a family member versus meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of strangers.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for showing me the true meaning of compassion and selflessness.  So often, I’m ready to put my needs above those of others (and, sometimes, above the needs of my family) but help me to be less selfish and find the joy in helping those who are in need.  Amen.

I’m joining with hundreds of other bloggers in studying God’s word through a program called Blogging Through The Gospels.  If you would like to participate, all you have to do is grab your Bible, read the selected chapter and then write a post on your blog.  Blogging Through the Gospels is hosted by Amy at Mom’s Toolbox.  To link up your post or read her SOAP, go here.

For more information about SOAP and its use for the Blogging Through The Gospels, please read What is SOAP? on Mom’s Toolbox.

 

15th Apr2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Welcome to Shoe Style Saturday!

I’m so glad that you’re joining me for my first meme.  I’m a shoe girl big time but I also love clothes, handbags, jewelry and makeup but that’s another story.  Anyway, I decided to create this meme as a way to challenge myself to wear every pair of shoes that I own as well as celebrate my love and yours for shoes.  So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

Shoe Style Saturday
Milani Slippers ~ Burlington Coat Factory

Love them because they’re comfortable and funky.  I can wear them with jeans, skirts, slacks, etc.

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

And don’t forget to grab my badge!

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15th Apr2011

Are You a Better Mom Because You Have a Smartphone?

by Daenel

Moms and SmartphonesI think so.  Dori, my Droid, is like an electronic appendage.  It’s on my desk when I’m at work.    It’s on my hip when I’m cooking dinner.  I sleep with it by my bed.  This from a girl who initially resisted the cell phone out of fear of black helicopters, government tracking and way too much access for everyone.  Yeah, I know, I’m a little paranoid but that just adds to my charm.  But ever since my husband talked me in to getting my first cell about 12 years ago I’ve been hopelessly addicted.  I’m one of those people who uses my family members’ upgrades so that I can get the latest phone.

According to an article on The Online Mom, not only are moms buying smartphones in increasing numbers but many are using smartphones as an electronic mother’s helper.  They’re using them to keep track of medical records, manage family schedules and entertain young ones while on the road.  Are people really letting their toddlers play with their iPhones, Droids, etc?  Moms are also using the camera and video camera to capture material for blog postings and family updates.

I use my phone for keeping up with my kids.  They’re all on Facebook and one of the rules was that they had to “friend” either me or their dad (they chose me ’cause I’m way cooler than Dad).  As a result of being their friend on Facebook, I get to see what my kids are upto on a regular basis and I gain insight into their lives and the people they surround themselves with.  I don’t “friend” their friends but I do see what they write and, omg, these kids are hilarious.

My kids also text me on a regular basis, to ask me questions that they wouldn’t otherwise ask me face~to~face.  Religion and faith have been the two biggest topics lately…  I think, in many ways, the smartphone has created a stronger bond between my kids and me.  Because of my work schedule, I don’t really get to see my kids until the weekend so I value our electronic bond and it makes our face~to~face time so much sweeter.

Are you a smartphone user? Do you think it helps or hurts you as a parent?  Would you consider yourself a smartphone addict?

14th Apr2011

Blogging Through The Gospels: Matthew 12

by Daenel

SOAP RingSCRIPTURE

Matthew 12:36~37

36 I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak,

37 for  by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.

OBSERVATION

How many times have we spoken without thinking?  Shared a rumor without knowing the full truth?  Spoken about a celebrity based on a blurb from a news story?  These are all careless words that do nothing but bring harm and bad feelings.  Someday God is going to require that we answer for each word spoken…

APPLICATION

I know I’m guilty of idle gossip and speaking out of anger ~ using words to hurt people and put them down, I want to be better than that.  I don’t want to stand before Him and have to try to justify those words.  There is no justification.  I want my words to bring comfort, understanding, love and peace.  I want my conversation to be one that I would not be ashamed to have in front of Him.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for showing me Your love and mercy.  Thank You for opening my heart to You and for allowing me to know Your truth.  Please guide and protect my words and my heart so that I won’t sin against You.  Help me to keep silent when my words are full of anger and hurt, and help me to speak when I can bring peace and understanding through You.  Amen.

I’m joining with hundreds of other bloggers in studying God’s word through a program called Blogging Through The Gospels.  If you would like to participate, all you have to do is grab your Bible, read the selected chapter and then write a post on your blog.  Blogging Through the Gospels is hosted by Amy at Mom’s Toolbox.  To link up your post or read her SOAP, go here.

For more information about SOAP and its use for the Blogging Through The Gospels, please read What is SOAP? on Mom’s Toolbox.

13th Apr2011

New Meme! Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

It's All About the ShoesSo, this Saturday I’ll be hosting my very first meme and I hope you’ll join me.

Here’s the deal, I love shoes.  And handbags and jewelry and makeup and clothes…  But I really love shoes.  I own 52 pairs (if you don’t count slippers). My shoe hero is Stacy London.  Girlfriend moved a fire door to create a wing for her shoes! Anyway, much to my surprise, I’ve discovered that I only wear 4 or 5 pairs of my shoes on a regular basis. Gasp So what’s a girl to do?  Challenge herself, of course.

I’ve dared myself to wear every pair of shoes in my closet and I’d like for you to join me.  Even if you’re not as shoe obsessed as I am, I’d love to see what you put on your feet.  So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

Shoe Style Saturday with Living Outside the StacksTo participate in the Shoe Style Saturday meme, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

And don’t forget to grab my badge!

Also would you help me get the word out by tweeting the following:

I’m joining @DaenelT for Shoe Style Saturday! http://bit.ly/hnK9ZP

13th Apr2011

What I Wore Wednesday #3

by Daenel

On Saturday I’ll be hosting my first meme! It’s called SHOE STYLE SATURDAY! To participate all you have to do is post a picture of your favorite pair of shoes from the week and then link up here. I’ll post more info later today. I’d love if you’d join me. Thank you.

What I Wore Wednesday ~ Thursday

Thursday's Outfit

T~Shirt ~ Deb’s
Jeans ~ Kmart

 

What I Wore Wednesday ~ Friday

Friday's Outfit

Tunic, Necklace ~ HSN.com
Bracelets ~ Target
Jeans ~ Old Navy

What I Wore Wednesday ~ Sunday

Sunday's Outfit

Tunic ~ HSN.com
Jeans ~ Kmart
Bracelets ~ Target

What I Wore Wednesday ~ Monday

Monday's Outfit

Cardigan, Dress, Necklace ~ Target
Leggings ~ Rite Aid

I totally stepped out of my comfort zone with this outfit. I’ve seen the dress with leggings look but thought I was way too old to pull it off. Now I’m thinking I can do it!

What I Wore Wednesday

Tuesday's Outfit

Cardigan ~ Deb’s
Tunic ~ Dot’s
Necklace ~ Target
Leather Cuff ~ 3 Sister
Jeans ~ Kmart

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take pictures of what you wore all week, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…  Don’t forget to grab her badge!

PS I totally need to get a longer mirror and a better camera.  I was wearing some really cute shoes on Sunday and Monday and you can’t even see them.  Also I finally got brave and decided to post a week’s worth of pictures instead of my usual one.  Yay me!

12th Apr2011

Dream Blogging

by Daenel
Young Girl Asleep on Pillow

Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

So last night I had an incredible dream…

I wrote the most amazing blog post.  I know I’m not the only one who goes to bed thinking about what I should write…  Anyway, this post was one of those ones that had the bloggerazzi stalking me.  It was absolutely fabulous.  I vaguely remember meeting Meredith, Matt, Al and Ann and dancing with Ellen. But for the life of me I can’t remember what the flippin’ post was about.

Have you ever had that happen to you?  You go to sleep and you dream something wonderful…  You’re at an interview and you wow them with your skills…  You’re at a photo shoot and you’re working that camera like a super model…  Or you’re working the Reference Desk with Noah Wyle while Jeff Goldblum checks out books at the Circulation Desk.  Don’t judge me.  Then you wake up.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do here.  Get a life comes to mind.  Should I keep Vivi (my computer) by my bed?  You know, just in case?  Deal with that Noah Wyle/Jeff Goldblum issue?  Should I go old school and put a pen and pad on the night stand?  What do you do to retain blog ideas?

12th Apr2011

Blogging Through The Gospels: Matthew 10

by Daenel

SOAP RingSCRIPTURE

Matthew 10:19~20

19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

OBSERVATION

God, through His spirit, always provides us with wisdom and guidance for any situation in which we may find ourselves.

APPLICATION

Recently, Miss 15 has started asking me some tough questions about God, salvation, faith, etc.  Seriously, these are deep questions that I never thought about at her age. Anyways, whenever I receive her texts (she likes to text me or message me on Facebook), I wonder if I’ve answered her questions fully and according to God’s word.  This scripture confirms for me that if I just open my mouth (or put my fingers to the keyboard as the case may be), God will speak for me and give me what to say.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving my daughter the thirst for knowledge of you and your ways.  I ask You to continue to speak through me that as many of her questions as she has to ask may be answered.  Lord, when I’m stumped and don’t know the right response, guide me in Your word so that I may never lead her astray.  Keep her eyes, heart and mind focused on You and continue to allow me to grow in You that I may be the mother that she needs.  Amen.

I’m joining with hundreds of other bloggers in studying God’s word through a program called Blogging Through The Gospels.  If you would like to participate, all you have to do is grab your Bible, read the selected chapter and then write a post on your blog.  Blogging Through the Gospels is hosted by Amy at Mom’s Toolbox.  To link up your post or read her SOAP, go here.

For more information about SOAP and its use for the Blogging Through The Gospels, please read What is SOAP? on Mom’s Toolbox.

 

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