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Saturday, February 15, 2014

CELEBRATE This Week XVIII

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I'm glad you are here to celebrate! For more information, check out the CELEBRATE This Week page. Please use #celebratelu to share.

I'm celebrating because...

I texted a handful of friends when Andy was caught in a garage (waiting for a tire) and couldn't get back to pick up the kids in time. They took care of picking up the kids and bringing them home to us.

I owned some feelings I've been avoiding by sending another handful of friends an email in which I was able to face my feelings and then move past them.

I have funny, smart, kind, helpful, friends.

We ate a lasagna dinner off of heart plates with my parents for Valentine's Day.

The girls each invited best friends to sleep over. They sat at the big, formal, fancy dining room table and pretended they were princesses. Sam served them.

"It was a pleasure to serve you," he said with a bow.



I started a new book/study about prayer. A friend gave it to me when I visited her house. I wake up with energy to open the book each morning.

I'm leading a training on Saturday morning for youth workers. It's all about how to engage with text, read for understanding, and have effective conversations. I'm so excited to use my professional knowledge to encourage others in the Church.

I put a little paint on canvas this week.

I have time to catch up the laundry this weekend.

And, of course, I'm celebrating because YOU are here to celebrate too!

Link-up below and then check out a few celebrations from the list.


17 comments:

  1. I love that you see the power in celebrating catching up on laundry! Isn't it the greatest feeling when you can say the last load is in the dryer! It really is these small moments!

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    1. Deb--
      I'd forgotten there can be a moment of a last load in the dryer. We are at a super scary point in life where, as a family, we produce more than a load of dirty laundry each day (and my washer is ginormous!). I think today I'll simply shoot for not being swallowed whole by the dirty laundry piles! LOL!

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  2. Really enJOYed reading your celebrations.

    May I ask the title of your new book about prayer?

    My favorites...When Mothers Pray by Cheri Fuller...Every Child Needs a Praying Mom by Fern Nichols...Prayer Starters by Tracy Klehn...

    Ten years ago becoming a part of Moms In Touch was life-changing for my prayer life...

    God is so good.

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    1. Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer by Beth Moore

      It's an interactive text, with space to record your prayer each day. I'm only on Day 4 and it has already altered my prayer life.

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    2. Ohhhhhhhhh. Beth Moore. Beautiful writer. Thank you for sharing the title with me.

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  3. Loving your celebrations too!! I would also love to know about that book on prayer. One of my recent favorites has been Anne Lamott's book: Help! Thanks! Wow! Thanks for sharing and giving us the space to celebrate!!

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  4. Great friends are priceless! Your prayer book sounds wonderful.

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  5. It sounds like a week of busy with friends and family and good food and living, just right, Ruth. Have a wonderful weekend too!

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  6. Multitude of celebrations this week! Each one shines a light on the special person you are.

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  7. Eating lasagna off heart shaped plates at the fancy table with best friends (and mom and dad) has got to be cause for huge celebration, Ruth!

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  8. I love the dinner story - the fancy plates, the important room and the adorable server! So wonderful.

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  9. It's kind of funny the things we decide to celebrate but great how family and friends tend to always be a part of them! Have a great week!

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  10. I love Beth Moore and will have to check out this book. I love the picture of "server Sam." My kids used to do that when we would play cards. Brings back special memories!

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  11. Lasagne on heart shaped place, how sweet. And brother serving the princesses. So much goodness to share. Thanks.

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  12. A wonderful and rich list of celebrations! I, too, love the image of your son serving princesses with a bow. Also the heart shaped plates and the love around the table. Thanks!

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  13. Glad you reminded me - I still have one more load to go, but I will get the laundry done this weekend too. :) What a fun Valentine party idea.

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  14. Hi, that was a really cute picture and great party for Valentines. Thanks for sharing your celebrations.

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