Saturday, July 28, 2012

Me & My Gang | Christmas In July

Someone decided to wear her Christmas jammies in July.

Perhaps she's started something.  We'll see...

Things are crazy on my end in the next few days, but I did want to share our little spontaneous Christmas in July happening before the end of the month.

Merry HOT Christmas in July!

Blessings,
Anna

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Design | {DIY} Date Art & Monogram Prints

It's me again, the do it myself-aholic!

I thought I would share my most recent DIY adventure.

I recently pinned to Anna & Co.'s DIY board a similar date art print in hopes to have one on my wall or in my office one day.

I have no idea if the idea originated there, but I was inspired by CoCo Stine Designs on Etsy.

I decided to forgo spending the $ and take a shot at doing it myself.

Surprise huh?  Yes, I'm cheap like that.


Lucky for me, this project was SUPER cheap!

The "What a Difference a Day Makes " print is an 8x10 print, matted and framed to 11x14.  I already had a frame just hanging out in a closet.  So, the framed date art was a whoppin' $1.20.



Insanely cheap right?!

A slight addiction to typography led me to go a little further and fill two other 10x10 frames I had with 5x5 Monogram art.



I'm not completely happy that the matting on these is off white, but I settled to get them finished.

Who knows, I may go back and replace with white matting.

So, $1.20 x 3 (printing cost) and I got out under $4!!

You can do it too!!!

If you have some old frames laying around just waiting to have a purpose, then dust them off and add a little typography using any application (Word, PowerPoint, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) on your computer and you'll have yourself some cheap eye candy for your walls or office shelves.

Stay tuned, I'm not sure where these guys will land yet in the home.

Wishing you luck if you decide to take this project!

 I'd love for you to come back and share your finished product.

Blessings,
Anna

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Me & My Gang | Rain, Rain, Go Away...

It wasn't the normal Saturday; no agenda for the morning, just all of us in our PJ's goofing off in the garage with the door open, observing the thickness of the heavens.

A Saturday “to do” list hung over my shoulder like the ever present clouds threatening rain in the sky. The promise of rain was welcomed due to the drought like conditions that have plagued our land in recent weeks. However, this was really going to put "a damper" on my plans for the day of freely move between indoor and outdoor chores. As dark black clouds most always do, they delivered the promise of rain. I could hear the wisp of the lite misting that filled air. The intensity increased until I heard that familiar sound of rain drops dancing on the pavement. While the sound was inviting and begged me to just sit and enjoy, the anxiety of marking things from my list trumped any thoughts of relaxation.

While preoccupied, I heard my sweet K’s voice “look mom, it’s like a shower”.

What?!

The stiff and overly calculated me wanted to pull her back in and quickly dry her off and get back on schedule.

However, something settled in my heart to just LET IT BE.


My eldest soon followed, I guess when he realize that mom wasn't going to have a melt down.

I went to grab my camera that usually isn’t too far away.  


As I was shooting through my foggy lens, I desired to be more like my children.

Isn’t it funny how they teach us so many things... just being children?


 

I desired to not be so buttoned up...so stiff... so calculated... so predictable... so scheduled.


I desired to just let go and dance in the rain.


Looking back, I wish I would have joined them.


So, on second thought...

Rain, rain, come and stay
With you brings freedom to play
Your presence is welcome like the opposite sun
We understand now that rain can be fun
~ Anna ~

Blessings,
Anna


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Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Simple Things | {7.15.12} Sunday Curls


Sunday...

A time for rest

A time for praise and worship

A time for prayer

A time for fellowship with friends

A time for renewal

A time for reflecting

A time for love

A time for curls

Hoping your Sunday brings rest from recent happenings and renewal for the upcoming events in your life.

Blessings,
Anna 



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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Me & My Gang | Lately {Instagram}

Lately via Instagram {iphoneography}

silliness | heat wave | photo dodging | kindle reads
running partner | little luxuries | counting blessings | morning routine
summer fireplace | sidewalk chalk | little mermaid | sunday school offering
make a way | minty fav | poolside | baseball finale

If you wish, you can follow along on Instagram or download the App and start capturing your daily happenings in a fun and quirky way.

Blessings,
Anna

Monday, July 9, 2012

Encouragement | Motivation for Monday

{via}
Do you ever feel weary?

When there isn’t enough of you to go around.

When everything and everyone is waiting on you.

When your to do list is a bit scary and inflicts anxiety.

My little ins and outs have turned into one big mountain of mess for me to chisel away at over the summer.

Dentist; Well Visits; Eye Doctor; School Enrollment; Birthdays; Showers; Weddings; Meetings….

The problem is…. I don’t want to do any of it.

I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed.

I’m finding I need to make a list of all my list.

Outlining my “to do” list has become an item on my to do list.

I’m offering you nothing today except a full blown whining session sprinkled with a little bit of self pity.

I’m tired!

I’m weary!

And I just want to go to home and collapse into one big ball of pitiful sobbing mess.

Is anyone walking this road with me today?

Here’s to pushing through the rut and finding a fresh motivation on this dreary Monday.

Whisper a prayer for me and I’ll do the same for all who happen to land here today.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 
Matthew 11:28

Blessings,
Anna

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Month In Photos | June 2012

Can you believe we have stumbled right into the second half of the year?

Here's a little recap of our month in photos.


1. Cooling off with a bigger than life chocolate cone!

2. My June bug trekked right into the tween years when I wasn't paying attention with the big ONE TWO birthday. *sigh*

3. Finished up the baseball season this month.  Excuse me while I do a happy dance.

4. Did I mentioned we are experience a heat wave in these parts? H-O-T!!!

5. Father & Son deep sea fishing in the Gulf.

6. Celebrated fatherhood and the Mr. in our lives.

7. E's post camp coma.

Wishing you a great second half of 2012!!!

Blessings,
Anna

Monday, July 2, 2012

Celebrating Freedom | Dear Abigail

July 2, 1776, the Eve of Freedom:
"But the day is past.  The second day of July, 1776, will be a memorable epoch in the history of America.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It out to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever."
John Adams to Abigail Adams on the Eve of the Declaration of Independence


May the significance of this day be renewed in your heart as we celebrate the freedom and this great country of America!!!

MAY WE NEVER FORGET
THAT WE ARE A PEOPLE
WHO HAVE BEEN DELIVERED
FROM TYRANNY TO LIBERTY
FROM OPPRESSION TO FREEDOM
FROM FEAR TO COURAGE
TODAY, ABOVE ALL DAYS...
MAY WE RENEW
OUR PERSONAL DEVOTION
TO THE GIVER
OF ALL LIBERTY

Wishing you a safe and very Happy Independence Day!!!

Blessings,
Anna

Me & My Gang | Happy Campers {Camp 2012}



My little June Bug went to camp again this year. 

These guys (Jaden, Ethan and Drew) bunked together along with a few other friends not present for the photo.

Camp is always an exciting time.

It takes place on a beautiful pasture where all things are simple and the children get a chance to reflect, make memories and share their love of Christ with friends.


Good fun coupled with a renewed commitment to the things of Christ is what it's all about.


The entire drive consisted of ramblings of "rocking" the basketball court between Ethan and Drew.

Within 10 minutes after settling into their dorm, they were shooting hoops.


Ethan mentioned that he gained the nickname "fitch" at camp this year.

It might have had a little to do with how someone packed him, dunno?


I'm sure dorm C4 will never be the same.

There were many post camp stories to be heard, laughter through memories and one 
MEGA POST CAMP COMA!


Oh, did I mention that camp laundry STINKS.... literally?!



I think all in all, they were Happy Campers!

Blessings,
Anna
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