Wow, what a darling set of cousins! There are few things more precious than the celebration of life. And this week we celebrated two children having reached the one year mark. Below is a sampling of a fabulous fall party of a couple of happy and adorable children. Happy birthday to you both!!!
A couple of months back I spent the afternoon with my beautiful friend Robin Ingram King. She has two wonderful daughters that I adore! Robin has a deep and precious heart. That afternoon I was over to see her new home! She had just moved in, but the place already was feeling so homey…just like her. Her street was so quiet and lined with trees and natural beauty. Here is a sampling of the start of her new life in her beautiful new nest.
This weekend I was with about 55 amazing business women at the Annual Tapestry Unstoppable Conference. This year it was held in Lodi California at the beautiful Wine And Roses Hotel with the theme being “BOLD”. Stephanie Sherwood is the wonderful lady who brings this whole event together! Wow, she is special. Stephanie shared so deeply from her heart…as did so many of the breakout and keynote teachers/speakers. As well, we had Gretchen Kelseys as our musician and were truly blessed by her lovely voice. Gretchen has just released and album and it is fantastic called “Gretchen Kelseys…Walking in the Spirit”! Kerri Kenyon was fabulous as our speaker both Thursday evening and Saturday Afternoon. We had Sheila Kennedy as our keynote on Friday. What a fantastic line up! The fellowship with all the other women was special to me. I have made so many friends through the Tapestry. I am forever changed because of these women. The fact is…is when Jesus is in our lives relationships are richer that they could ever be without him. Praise Him!
Last weekend Johnny and I were super blessed to have a chance to be together in Lodi to hear Kerri Kenyon. She is a dynamic and gifted teacher/preacher of the deep truths of God’s word. Her topic was on how God knows every single day of our entire life…that He has each of our lives memorized! What an amazing truth. She spoke of how in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve ate the fruit…God went looking for them. He is the great seeker and lover of each of us. Her closing words were Back Off and Pray! We were reminded that we just need to love and pray for those in our lives that do not yet know of His amazing love for them. Then she had each of us that wished to, add our names to the scroll that ran down the aisle, as a reminder that our names are written in the book of life. She also encouraged us to place names of those that we will Back Off and Pray for. One of my favorite pictures is the one that had tear stains over the names that were written.
Here is a quote from Kerri’s website:
DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE PURSUED BY GOD?…
Your relationship with God has, is and always will be dependent on His faithful pursuit of you. He is passionate about you. He sent His Son to this earth to restore you to Himself. He has never stopped pursuing you through the power of His Spirit. He never will. His desire is for you to experience His Great Love, the love that will transform you!
You don’t have to strive or work harder to deserve His affection. Nothing you do, or don’t do, will change His heart for you. His Love is not contingent on your performance. You don’t have to live one more day under the pressure to measure up, be perfect, or hold it all together. Jesus took that burden for you on the cross.
He is chasing after you. He will finish what He has started in you. He won’t grow weary, give up or change His mind about you. No matter what. You are Loved and Relentlessly Pursued by Him!
Below, I have also added a few of pictures of our time after the service was over. We and our friends went to coffee and desert together. There was live piano music and beautiful vocals as we laughed and had some special friendship time together. Sweet fellowship for sure!
Every 6 months 3400 cabi stylists gather together to learn all about the upcoming cabi collection. We have meals together, see an amazing runway fashion show and get fantastic training on the new line. It’s here we learn the latest trends and style ideas. This past week we were in San Diego and had such a great time together! Many special friends have been made during these times, as we bond, learn and play. Below is a small look at the “Scoop”…and some of the many wonderful pieces from the cabi Spring ’16 designer line!
Saturday evening just after the Scoop commenced, my sister Donelle (who lives in San Diego) came to whisk me off to be with her and the family and long time friends for a fantastic three-day visit. Loved our time together…whether it be in worship at church, having meals, drinking coffee, relaxing with a glass of wine or chowing down on popcorn while seeing Star Wars! Such a special thing having a sister!
The plane ride home gave me such a lovely sky to enjoy as my time away came to a close.
This past week was super special for many, many reasons. Mostly because it was the time of celebrating Christ’s birth. Although, Christmas’ over the years have not always been easy for me. Not because I did not always love Jesus, but because I struggled to be all that I felt that I should be throughout the season with all of its commitments and activities. For many years I was a “single” mom and I felt really like a misfit during the Christmas season. About nine years ago God brought Johnny into my life…and the Christmas season has become so much better for me since. There is now someone to share the joys of the season with.
This particular Christmas I coordinated our extended family Christmas dinner. We had it in Roseville at my niece and her husband’s home for the first time ever. That was really wonderful. They supplied their home and the drinks. We supplied the turkey.. Mom brought her yummy traditional Swedish Meatballs and the rest of the family filled in all the amazing wonderful side dishes and desserts. It worked perfectly! My sister had flown in from San Diego and we were able to take a family photo of mom and all four of her kids. (love…)
The following day we went to Grass Valley and most of us headed to the snow of Nevada City for the Victorian Christmas Fair. Before we went to the Christmas Fair, we drove up Highway 20 to the snow. I had no idea that so many grown adults (my mother included at age 87 + one teenager) could have such a rambunctious snowball fight!!!
A couple of days later Donelle, Lindsay and I had a “sweet” time together making Christmas cookies for our neighbors and pastors.
Then Christmas Eve Johnny and I had Lindsay, Mark, Bradley and Mom to our home for dinner after attending our Christmas Eve service at church.
To top it off, on Christmas Day my dear friend Luda and her husband Terry joined us for Christmas dinner. Wow! So much love of family and friends. I am smiling just thinking of all the fabulous times together. I would do it all again…well, as soon as we get the bank account happy and pounds off from this round. 😉 But believe me, it was all worth it!!!
A month or so back I had such a fabulous time with my sister and her family in San Diego and with my friends, who both recently moved to Southern California. I took planes and trains to visit them both. It was a super blessed time. The train was so over crowded though! What was up with that? The fact is, is that people were sitting in the train in all the walkways and steps. There just were not enough seats. But, we all got to know each other pretty well!!!
My sister Donelle and family just moved from the grey sky of Portland to sunny ones of San Diego. They are loving it! The picture of the family in the courtyard is of them. The view from her daughter Sara’s room was just beautiful in the wee hours of the morning. 🙂 Thank you Sara for giving me your space for a couple of days! Donelle and I had home decorating and wonderful patio visits together. Ah…I could use more of those.
The time walking and having fellowship on the beach with Stan and Robin was very special. I so miss them as our pastor and wife…Stan was such a fabulous pastor! It was great to see their new church though. And I loved having lots of coffee and visit times with my dear friend Robin. Their hospitality was very warm.
Friends and family are growing sweater and more special over the years. Knowing, more than ever, how blessed I am to have both!
We have precious few family traditions. This one is one of our favorite…
Johnny and I have for three years now, spent our July 4th weekend at Graeagle. This little town is so full of fabulous American nostalgia. They have a reenactment of the civil war, barn dance, parade, barbecue and fireworks! All this is spread out over the course of a long weekend. For the past two years Lindsay and Mark have joined us. This year we camped the first night at Plumas Eureka State Park then went on to our favorite lodge in that area. We had great weather over the four days. Actually it rained on us the first evening while we were around the campfire and some when we slept in our tents. 🙂 Then over the next couple of days we experienced biking in the rain twice. Such fun! The rain was refreshing. Being with Lindsay and Mark was special as we hiked and biked a ton. Take a look at so much beauty given from Gods creative hands!
We, along with many from the surrounding towns, sat out by our cars along the road or on the banks of the lake to enjoy the fireworks display! The sky was magnificent that evening just before the show. You could say that we had two shows that evening!
I can not say enough about Wendy, our hostess for the past three years at the Sierra Sky Lodge in Cromberg. She is so kind and full of hospitality. To make our stay even better, she prepares wonderful breakfasts every morning that she serves to all her guests in the comfortable breakfast/family room. Johnny and I find that one of the things that we look forward to most while staying there is the fabulous back yard. Our unit has a kitchen that has a small patio that looks onto the “back 40” as Wendy calls it. There is a huge fire pit there as well. We love to cozy up by it in the evenings…recapping our day. Ahhhh….I miss it already!
As I mentioned, we rent one of the units with a kitchen. In the morning I love to get up with a cup of hot coffee and have my quiet time with the Lord. Sometimes I will be at the darling formica table and others outside at the patio table. One morning I sat looking outside at the ladder that was leaning up along the fence of Lindsay and Marks room. It began to distract me….but only for a moment. Then I noticed the beautiful flowers that were growing around and through it. It inspired me to look past the ladder and be blessed with the flowers. Isn’t there always something like this that we can choose to focus on? On the morning of the 6th the devotional from In Touch had such awesome insights. The line that I was so taken by was “Remember, a lifetime of godliness develops one choice at a time”. So true.
Probably the favorite adventure for all of us was our biking trip out to Catfish Cove at Lake Davis. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! We biked on trails as well as gravel as well as paved roads to this beautiful cove. It lightly rained on us as we rode back to our cars. Later that afternoon we went back to the lodge and baked yummy (gluten free) brownies. Special times.
The town of Graeagle provided us with “entertainment” when we were not biking or sitting relaxing by the campfire.
The town of Portola had a gorgeous bike trail along the Feather River. So peaceful. We actually rode it twice as it was not quite enough of a ride to only ride it once. We met a young girl sitting on the bank of the river…contemplating and “finding some peace” as she told me. I quietly said a prayer for her. The sun was slowly setting and the Lords presence seemed so close. The golden wheat was captivating as we finished our time along the trail.
On our ride home Johnny and I stopped at Truckee and took our bikes off the rack for one last ride. This time, along the Truckee River. The trail there was at the start steep, but then it became very smooth. The river was low, yet still very beautiful. That evening we ended our trip with dinner there in town at a great Mexican restaurant. So special to have had such a wonderful time away in the mountains with my family. I am full of gratitude.
It is Fathers Day weekend and Johnny and I are heading out-of-town to go camping! Yes, we are in our 50’s and 60’s and will be sleeping in a tent! Can’t wait. We have some very special friends that we planned to spend the whole day with in Grass Valley today. The car is not packed, the food is not purchased…we many not have the right clothes and supplies for the days ahead, but we will have some super special memories with some very special friends! We picked the Blodgers up this morning and grabbed some Starbucks then headed to the Empire Mine. We loved taking pictures together and being a couple of couples that just felt totally comfortable together. After our time at the mine we went to Diegos. This place is VERY special to Johnny and I. It is the place that we had our first real “date”. Where I lost my heart to him. It was a heart warmer to see the wonderful sign that they had out on their patio. As the sign says…it’s all about grace and love! So special. After lunch we went back to the mine and walked out into the woods for a 2 mile hike. Watching the two guys enjoy each other totally warmed my heart. And Victoria being a girlfriend to me…talking about things that run deep in my soul was a true blessing. I am so looking forward to this week camping…and blessed to have had such a perfect start to some much needed time off with my honey!
This was the best CAbi Scoop ever! It was held this month in San Diego at the convention center. It was my sixth time attending a CAbi Scoop and was full of amazing CAbi insights. The CAbi Scoop is our bi-yearly convention that brings together 3500 CAbi consultants for training, comradery, unveiling of the new seasons line and great girl time full of tons of fun and friendship! It is at Scoop where we learn great fashion trends and ideas to bring back home to our hostesses and their guests. Below are pictures from our leadership training, our founders breakfast, classes and product training. Some very special pictures are of our team in one of our rooms…sharing stories of how we came to be CAbi girls. After this we went out for dinner on CAbi on the town! Then further down are pictures of the beautiful closing reception that CAbi gave. The very last picture is a sneak peek…of the new logo that CAbi is introducing. So get ready for the new (yet ever wonderful) “cabi” over the months ahead!
I have to add one more thing…the most amazing thing about CAbi…The Heart of CAbi Foundation. This is one of CAbi’s ways of “giving back”. CAbi partners with Opportunity International to provide women across the globe with micro loans to start their own businesses. CAbi is now making it possible that every time a woman becomes a CAbi Consultant (aka.Women Entrepreneur), CAbi will give in HER name a micro loan to another woman across the globe. Giving her the same chance to be an entrepreneur in her community. Lives are being changed! How blessed I am to be a CAbi girl who gets to play a small part in The Heart of CAbi!