I’m In Countdown Mode

My life is composed of numbers right now.

Our family leaves for Kenya in 15 days. We will be out of the country for 12 days. When we get back it will be 21 days before Christmas and we’ve got 2 birthdays and an anniversary during that time, plus all the other stuff that December brings. I’ve got 47 things on my To Do List–things like explain why I can’t serve on jury duty and be in Africa at the same time, pick up malaria medicine and finish Christmas shopping. You know-THE USUAL.


This will be our first time to travel to Mercy House during the holidays. We are exchanging turkey, dressing and pie for green grahams, cabbage and chapati. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to be an eyewitness to the countless miracles God has performed?And I know when we get home- exhausted and processing another trip-the last thing I’ll want to do is decorate or shop.

Over the past few years, I’ve loved having a simpler Christmas celebration with just my favorite nativity sets out and the kid’s ornaments on the tree and three gifts for each of my children. I think being in Kenya in the weeks leading up to Christmas will be a great way for our family to focus on what the season is really about.

Dayspring sent me this adorable wooden Merry Christmas – Christmas Countdown Calendar to help my family countdown to Christmas easily. I love how simple it is, with a wooden peg marking each day and a bit of encouragement like spread joy and sit and rest. I’m already looking forward to December 14th for that one!

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This Christmas Countdown Calendar is a colorful, meaningful new line at Dayspring and I love it. And today, you can get 25% off this festive piece just in time to start counting down to the best day of the year.

Use this code to get 25% off: WATFChristmas valid today through next Thursday the 14th.

And just in case you’re wondering, there are 22 days until Thanksgiving and 47 days until Christmas. Not that I’m counting…

Six in Internet Years Makes This Blog Older Than My Dog {Special Deal}

When I started this blog six years (!) ago, I was looking for community. I desperately wanted to discover that my everyday loud, crazy life was normal.

I wanted the comfort of knowing we weren’t the only accident-prone family who had a frequent shopper card at the ER.

I wanted to connect, to spill out my heart and most of all, I wanted to find you.

I didn’t know when I hit publish on that first post half a dozen years ago, that it would change my life. I didn’t know it would bring out the dormant writer in me and I would have never dreamed it would give me the opportunity to connect moms here with moms there.

I’m glad I didn’t know how beautiful or how scary life would be for this introverted momma.

And around this time of year, I like to pause and celebrate this space with you.

My little girl is six. She feels really big, but I’m old enough to see she’s still a baby. But my dog is also six and she’s starting to sleep a lot more and leak urine when she’s excited.  We all know six in dog years is really more like 42.

I’m *this close* to 42. Do you see where this is going?

Blog years are like dog years and so let’s just hope the rest of us don’t leak, okay?

So, dear ________ (insert your name here), thank you for reading. If you didn’t, this would be a diary and not a community.

To help us celebrate, Dayspring is offering this very special, very good deal on one of my very favorite pieces of art, Rejoice in Him – Sculpted Art Panel to my readers:


FOR ONLY $6 each. It’s enough to make you get excited (resisting the urge to make another urine comment):

I love this (heavy) carved, beautifully painted wooden piece of art! The Rejoice wooden panel regularly $48 and you can get them for nearly 87% off (affiliate link included). These would make a fantastic gift for teachers, friends and family this upcoming holiday season.


Plus, if you spend over $50 at Dayspring, you get FREE SHIPPING. If you purchased 8 of these, you could clear out your shopping list early! The coupon will be valid for two weeks- Monday, September 30-Monday, October 14 at midnight CST.  There is no limit on how many your readers can purchase. Here’s the coupon: WATFbirthday6

So,  happy 6 blog years to me and to you!

And thanks for being such a big part of my life.

When Mercy is Super Cute {Giveaway}

Updated with random Winners: Kristen (no blog, emailed), Krista, Jan (no blog, emailed), Lindsay and CourtneyH (emailed)! Congrats, friends.

When I was in Kenya in April, one of my main goals was to show the Mercy House skills teacher Debra a few new ideas for product.


When Debra finished the 8th grade, she didn’t have the opportunity to continue her education, so she got a job. She can make anything and has taught all of our girls how sew, bead, create jewelry and art. She is so talented that all I have to do is hand her a sample and she takes it apart and remakes it, teaching herself and then the girls.


While fabric options are limited, we scoured the city one rainy day to scout out cute material for new aprons and makeup brush bags. My photographer friend Suzanne (who can also sew) taught Debra a couple of new patterns and will you just look at this:


All the aprons (this is one of four designs we will sell over the next 9 months) and makeup brush bags, have a special tag:


This has been a beauty for ashes kind of year, so it’s our theme. Check out our popular new women’s fit t-shirt:


And if this Freeset bag doesn’t want to make you love mercy, nothing will! Purchasing this bag not only benefits Mercy House, it provides jobs for women set free from sex trafficking in India. It’s a win-win. Check it out here:


I was able to show Debra and the girls this lovely new 3-strand necklace design.


It’s our most elegant jewelry yet:


Stunning (comes in a variety of colors):

Mercy never looked so good.

Today only, you can get 15% off your total purchase with the code CUTEMERCY. Plus, the first FIFTY orders will get our original tote FREE (no longer available in our store) !!!


We are also giving away FIVE of our new shirts today! Leave a comment and tell me what you love at the Mercy Shop.


WFMW: Stock Up Sale {Dayspring}


I’ve written about my gift stash before. I keep a box of items to give for birthdays, teacher gifts, encouragement and appreciation goodies to others. It’s come in handy for years! I don’t have to run to the store when there’s an opportunity to lift someone up on their birthday or on a hard day.

I also keep an assortment of clearance gift bags, tissue paper and Dayspring cards. This month is the perfect opportunity to create your own gift center or stock up with these amazing deals. Plus, use the code SUMMER25, you can get an additional 25% off your entire order!

Stock Up Today at Dayspring:

Teacher Gifts & Back to School

Redeemed – Truly Loved – Coin Purse Reg. 9.99, now $3.99 w/coupon $3.01

Redeemed - Truly Loved - Coin PurseRedeemed – Truly Blessed – Insulated Lunch Bag Reg. $24.99 Now $9.99 w/coupon $7.52Redeemed - Truly Blessed - Insulated Lunch BagChristmas in July

Love Came Down Trio Tea Light Holders - Reg $19.99, Sale $9.99, w/coupon $7.52

Love Came Down - Star Tea Light Holder

Love Came Down Reversible Table Runner - Reg $24.99, Sale $12.49, w/coupon $9.36

Love Came Down-Names of Jesus-Reversible Table Runner

Redeemed Christmas Wooden Blocks - Reg $29.99, Sale $14.99
Redeemed Christmas - Christmas Wooden Blocks, Set of 6
Birthday Cards 30% off!

Fun Gifts

Abide in Him – Metal Wall Decor
 Reg. $36.99, now $16.99, w/coupon $12.76
Abide in Him - Metal Wall Decor

Memo pads, by 2 get 1 free. Reg. 9.99, $20 for three sets, w/coupon $15.00

Stock up and saving works for me!

Redeemed - Chosen - Tiered Memos

Don’t forget to add code: SUMMER25 at checkout (affiliate links are used in this post)

Happy Freedom


Watching my family fly above me.


Thank you to those who provide it.

Blessings Unlimited, by Dayspring is having a fantastic sale! Check it out.

We leave our Gratitude Journal, (now $6) on our kitchen table and add to our gratitude list after dinner a few times a week. It’s really amazing to look back and recount all the blessings in our life.

This fun set of Faith-Building Magnets, (now $6) makes a great gift for kids. My daughter gave a box to her little friend last week for her birthday.

We celebrate special days with this Happy Days Platter, (now $10). It’s really big and festive and perfect for birthdays and it makes a regular day special.

I love my If You Seek Him Weathervane, (now $25) I’ve had for years now. It adds a nice old world touch to our home.

I have a thing for maps and globes. I recently added this colorful Pathway Globe (now $15) to my “collection.”

Check out other sale items here. (If this link doesn’t work, click on my sidebar Blessings Unlimited link)

Happy 4th of July, friends!