Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It Looks SO MUCH BETTER!

Because I know you're dying to know ...

Because you tossed and turned all weekend ...

Because you can't wait any longer ...

Here is my fireplace update!! Ta-dah!!!!



To quote my brother-in-law, "It looks SO MUCH BETTER!"  Blush

In attempt to tame the sting of his comment he quickly called the previous look "classic" which is code for dated.  Sigh 


Sadly - I think he's right.

As far as the mirror on the mantle we decided that we would like to go with a darker framer.  So yours truly, will be making a trip to return and pick up a new mirror.  What do you think?

After you've recovered from the shock of the fireplace transformation, watch the video below :)


Here is the link to my church website www.southlandchristian.org and the podcast which you can find here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Some Random Tuesday Musings

Another Tuesday together!!!!






My fireplace ...



You can see why I want to paint it.  Ha!

What do YOU think I should do?

Until next Tuesday,
Anna Lee


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another Tuesday ...

There is nothing like a newborn to get you to pack your bags and get on a plane.

That's exactly what we did this last holiday weekend.  We spent these last few days in CO visiting some of our best friends.




Today we are flying home to Kentucky.  Hopefully it will be business as usual next Tuesday!  Thanks for checking in with me.

Love ya,
Anna Lee

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is It Fall Yet?

Hey Guys - Below is a video of yours truly talking about some of the things I'm excited to wear/use this fall.  Enjoy your Tuesday!




Love,
Anna Lee

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Tuesday Update


If you didn't already know it's TUESDAY!




I'm so happy to have short and sweet video for you.  


Below is a pic of Avery's first day of 7th grade.



Thanks for hanging in there with me this summer.

I'm looking forward to a great fall and winter.


Warmly,
Anna Lee




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer's End

If I had to choose a theme or phrase for my summer it would be … expect the unexpected.  I would be lying if I told you that I was sad to see the summer end.  It has been one of the emotionally hardest I can remember.  During these last few months I have personally experienced or someone close to me has … separated from their spouse, received devastating health news, there have been hospital stays (both people and animal) and finally one of my best friends had her first baby out in CO.  We are super excited about the baby, but totally bummed that we couldn’t be there to welcome her into the world. 

We are all experiencing transitions this time of year so I thought I would share with you three strategies I used (some more successfully than others) to navigate my difficult summer. 

Give yourself permission to grieve the transition.  Good or bad change is hard.  Some are more welcome than others.  I remember when Avery started kindergarten.  I was happy that she was moving on to the next stage of life but I was also terribly sad that our time together was now going to be dictated by the school schedule
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Avery on her first day of kindergarten. Circa 2007


Hold everyone and everything with an open hand.  This has been my biggest challenge.  Being willing to let people or things go is extremely difficult.  Love does not bind another or demand it’s own way.  The best explanation is a quote by Maya Angelou, “Love liberates.  It doesn’t hold – that’s ego. “.  At every turn, I’ve had to step back and ask myself what would Love do?  Am I saying or doing this from a place of love or fear?  If my answer was fear, I forced myself to stop and reconsider.

Sophie (aka the fur child) was rushed to the animal hospital and spent the night there this summer.


Celebrate small pleasures.  Some days it’s the little things like $3.99 bouquet of sunflowers from Trader Joe’s.  Or maybe your favorite song keeps coming up on your shuffle.  Whatever makes your heart skip a beat – pause and say, “thank you”.  It’s in these quiet moments that we connect with ourselves and others.


$4 never looked so good!


What strategies have you used to get through transitions in your life?  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya next Tuesday.

Warmly,
Anna Lee 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Current Career

I firmly believe that life is about seasons.  My time and resources are spent much differently today than 10 years ago (when Avery was two).  In my current season of life I've begun a career as a professional volunteer.  This began slowly last fall.   I was praying for something that would be a good fit for my schedule/ responsibilities and interests.  Soon after I began this prayer an opportunity arose.

 Imagine that!

I don’t mind telling you I was scared.  Make that terrified.  There was training involved and a system that was something I had never done before with people I didn’t know.  Did I mention this was outside my comfort zone? Anyway, everything turned out great.  Did I mess up? Yes – many times.  After a while, I decided that I need to be more comfortable with making mistakes.  How else was I to learn?

In March this last year one of my best friends asked me to consider volunteering at Radio Eye in addition to my other commitment.  Radio Eye is a reading service for the blind in KY. Here is a link to their website.  Anyway, she had started volunteering there about six months earlier and wondered if I would be interested.   I agreed to go and check it out.  Guess what, I loved it. 


This was an opportunity to read and help other people.   Sign me up!

Photo credit - Avery

Why am I telling you this? 


To challenge you to start thinking about your life as something you are creating.  I don’t know what season of life you are in but sometimes you need to figure out where you need to grow.  Say a prayer and take the leap.  You won’t regret it!

Reading my girl Brene in the above photo

Sending you virtual hugs,

Anna Lee

PS - I'm remembering my brother William today.  He left this earth too soon 14 years ago today.  Here is a post I wrote about it a few years ago.