Monday, February 28, 2011


When I caught a glimpse of Little A on Sunday morning, I had to smile.

She had chosen her own clothes and dressed herself.


The shirt is pink.  The dress is red.  The tights are brown.


And the shoes?  They are on the wrong feet.


And yes, this is exactly how she went dressed to church.

I didn’t change a thing.

Such is life for the youngest of 6. . .if you’re out of your pajamas you are

good to go!

Wonder where she gets her sense of style?

Maybe from this style queen. . .


Yep, that’s me!

It’s almost March!  Spring is around the corner.

Happy Monday!

Heather @Simply Grand Style

Wednesday, February 23, 2011



I’m sending birthday wishes to my grandpa who turns 94 today!

My sister and aunt took Grandpa out for lunch and sent me this cell phone picture.

Unfortunately, Grandpa recently fell and needs a sling to keep his arm secured while his shoulder heals.

We all admire Grandpa for his cheerful spirit and ability to be thankful for his blessings amidst the trials of life.  Grandpa has always been able to look at the bright side.



I’m wondering. . . will I live to be 94?

Only God knows.

If I do, I no doubt will have been through more life challenges, heartache. . .

and joy and well.


But will I be thankful through the trials?

I look ahead at the future for my kids. . .

And wonder how we will lead, guide, let go and watch them fly, fail, laugh, cry as they navigate their own waters of life.

More and more I find myself thinking (the Holy Spirit nudging). . .PRAY!

I must pray without ceasing.

During our school table time we are reading the book, Heaven is for Real, A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.

Our reading today was an encouragement for us to pray because God really is listening!

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:

Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery – and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on.  He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born.  He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read. 

This book gives a thrilling glimpse into eternity for those who believe and encourages those who doubt.


As believers we wonder what heaven will be like.

The kids ask questions about heaven.

Although some details leave us wondering we know it will be perfect.

Perfect joy, perfect peace, perfect worship, perfect love. . .

Whether age 94, 44, or 4 we are all one day closer to eternity.

I am thankful beyond words that I know where I’m going and I don’t need to wonder about that.

May we as believers be a beacon of light to share our Jesus with those who may not know Him.

Let’s not let others be left wondering. . . and let them live life with the peace of knowing.


Happy Wednesday. . .last one in February!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

family time

I am noticing that as the kids get older, activities outside the home increase and the amount of family time at home decreases.  In the last six months we have tried to be intentional about setting aside a weekly “family night”.  We usually have dinner together, play a card game, or watch a movie.  Today was a good family day. 

After church and a simple sandwich lunch we watched the inspiring movie, “Miracle” staring Kurt Russell. 


Here’s the synopsis.  I’m sure many of you have already seen this movie and may remember watching the actual game in the 1980 Olympics.


The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes! Written by Sujit R. Varma

Rated PG for language and some rough sports action.


We then went to a local indoor pool for some fun swim time. 


I brought my suit with the intention of getting wet but ended up sitting on the sidelines and taking pictures since I only brought the TOP of my suit and not the bottom!  Ooops!  My suit bottom is definitely not a bikini! It’s a skirt. You know, the kind that covers more?! 

Have you seen this card from Hallmark? 


The caption is. . .

"I think the ruffle really makes a difference, don’t you?"

I giggle every time I see this! 

I even have a package of napkins with this drawing and caption.  I’ll have to pull them out for a girlfriends get-together.

Anyway, back to family time. . .

We then ate Pizza Hut pizza (thanks to a gift card!) and got everyone to bed by 9:00.

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.  ~Thomas Jefferson

Happy Sunday!