Saturday, December 3, 2016

Random Thoughts…

Random thoughts.  Do you get those?  Totally random things popping into your head at any given time?  Usually with no rhyme or reason as to why.

Well, I suppose from this post you can guess that I do.  I go completely off track with my thinking and I feel that my brain is constantly going 100% all of the time.  I am always thinking of something and yet of nothing at all.  Not of importance at least.

Then there is the forgetfulness.  Sometimes I think so much that I forget mid-sentence what I was just thinking about.  For example, today I was talking to Donald, asking him about his day.   I was about to ask him something specific and mid-thought I completely forgot! 

Now this isn’t a big deal for something small but forgetfulness and randomness because an issue with bigger things.  Like forgetting to call in a medication script for my daughter.  Or forgetting to write out a blog post for the week or for a review item.  Forgetting you made an appointment for Thursday. (Yes, I did that one this week!  Eek!!)

I often feel that my blog posts are random as well.  I’d like to find a way to make them more structured and more focused but how can you do that when you have trouble focusing yourself?!  I contribute it to my undiagnosed ADD.  Or is it ADHD?  I’m pretty sure I have one of those and I know my poor kids do as well.

So how do you manage to keep your thoughts in order and stop being random with them?  How do you create posts that are structured and more organized?  Any tips you have for  me?  Feel free to leave me any ideas you may have in a comment below.  I look forward to all of your suggestions.

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Random sky pic from a few months back.


On an additional note we’ve reached 700 blog posts at Luv’N Lambert Life and have many more to come!  This particular post is my first written and posted with Open Live Writer.  So far I’m loving this blog writing software and look forward to using it for my posts from now on.  All the ease of blogging with a format like a word processor program.  Added benefit is that there is a word count tool built in too! (So far this post is at 389 words and counting.)  You can even link up and add images to your posts right from Open Live Writer.  Awesome right?

Well that’s it from me tonight.  Hope you all have a blessed week!

Dana

Friday, December 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit {Propeller Review & Giveaway}



Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit
Worthy Publishing Group
$18.94 at Amazon.com


I'm relatively new in the world of Bible Journaling but I've wanted to attempt this beautiful artform for a while now so when I was contacted in regards to this review, I immediately agreed to join in.  I wasn't sure exactly what to expect in the Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit when I accepted the review but I was surprised when my kit came and I opened it to find all the hidden gems inside.  Worthy Publishing Group packed the Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit full of some pretty neat stuff.


The kit comes in a blue box just like the image above.  On the back of the box, it shows all the awesome things you will find inside.  22 awesome items to be exact!


Included in this kit are:
4 sheets of word stickers
4 sheets of alphabet stickers
3 sheet of tab stickers equally 24 tabs total
8 colored twist pencils
1 archival quality journaling pen
1 pouch with an adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines and a die cut shaped edge

I loved every single one of these!

They are perfect for anyone just starting out with Bible journaling.   They are just as perfect for a journaling pro.  The kit is a really great fit for one and all!

The alphabet stickers come in capital and lowercase letters in two different fonts.  They also include numbers and symbols.  These are a fun addition to your journaling pages. 


The word stickers are just as amazing with lots of phrases and symbols.  The only thing I was disappointed in is that they are only in black and white and not in color.  They can be dressed up by simply marking over them to give them color though.


The tab sticker sheets are all in color.  Some include words or phrases and some are blank for you to fill in with your own words.  They are included to mark special bible passages for you to easily find.


The pencil pouch comes in a bright green with teal accenting and white lettering.  I loved the pop of color it gives the kit.  It has an adjustable strap included which allows it to fit over any Bible, making it easy to keep up with. 


Everything fits nicely inside except for the page protector.


There are also 8 twistable pencils, an archival journaling pen and a ruled page protector mat included in the kit.  The page protector includes decorative edging in a multiple patterns to use in your artwork.  I thought that was a great added feature.


You can order your own Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit for yourself or as a gift at Amazon.com for $18.94 with free shipping at the time of this post.


You can enter a giveaway from Worthy Publishing Group for a chance to win a kit of your own.  Five winners will be chosen for the giveaway on their page.  Additionally, you can download free coloring pages below the giveaway information on their website.  You can also see other items that are available at Worthy Publishing Group.


As a BONUS, I'm also giving away ONE Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit to ONE lucky reader.  To enter, simply leave me a blog comment on this post telling me why you're interested in Bible journaling or telling me how long you have been Bible journaling then come back and click "I commented" on the Rafflecopter widget below.

The giveaway from Luv'N Lambert Life will end on December 6 at midnight.  One winner will be announced after the giveaway's end.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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November's End

Today is the last day of November.  The past month has been busy for us.  Work has started to return to normal and life is going back to how it was before Hurricane Matthew paid his visit in October.

I'm thankful this month is ending.  I am looking forward to December and then to a new year in 2017.  November has had some serious ups and downs for us.

One thing that happened is that Emmalee's therapy has ended.  I'm proud of her.  She had surgery to correct her toe-walking on both feet on June 20th and has since worked hard to relearn how to walk, balance, run, and kick.  The strength my daughter has is amazing to me.  She's come through so much and continues to become stronger every day.

November brought vacation time for my Mom this month and I will say it was the best week for us all.  She enjoyed her time with my brother and his family and we enjoyed our time together as a family without her around.  We rarely get to do that since she is currently living with us but it gave us a nice peak into our future.  I look forward to having that day to day in our lives again.

November brought us challenges.  We discovered mold in our bedroom which had been covered by paint that wasn't appropriate for it's treatment.  We also found our outer bedroom walls needed to be replaced.  We worked with our landlord to make this happen and are happy to say our home is now repaired.

November brought Thanksgiving.  We had a great family dinner.  We shared what we were thankful for.  That one meal fed us for almost a week on the leftovers.

November also brought our family a scare.  The wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where my brother and his family currently live.  Another disaster.  More families without homes who have lost everything.  I'm thankful that my brother, sister-in-law, nephews, their pets and their extended family in the area are all okay.

One this last day of November, I find myself glad it's ending and praying that December comes with no problems, with nothing but blessings for everyone to finish out the year.  I hope that the next year is a better one because this one has surely been a struggle for so many.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who have been affected by this years disasters.  I pray that the next year will be a better one for us all!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving Challenges

Our Thanksgiving weekend did not go as we had planned.  There were many unexpected challenges that came about.  There was work where we least expected it.

Wednesday, as I was cleaning our room to prepare for Winter and cold weather, I saw a place on our walls where the paint was peeling away so I gently tugged at it because I am planing to paint that room anyways.  But what I did not expect to find behind that paint was a molded wall that had been covered with cheap paint before our landlords purchased our residence.  The previous owner had covered over the mold so the new owners had no idea what they were really getting.  Over time, the cheap paint loosened and the truth was exposed.

Mold.  Seriously?!  At Thanksgiving?!  Just what we needed to find!  Luckily, we do know how to remove and treat the areas that were affected.  And so you can guess how the weekend was spent.

We've taken our room wall by wall.  One spot had to be peeled away, trashed and repainted with Kilz 2 to protect and seal the remaining mold which was affected only on the surface area.  But there was more to be discovered.  The opposite side of our room, by our window, the wall was brittle and breaking due to the dampness and mold growing there.  It, too, had been hidden by the previous paint job and then by the furniture we had inside our room.  So these walls had to be completely ripped out and replaced.  I'm thankful to say that this is done and now we just need to finish it all off with paint!

So you'd think that God would say "Ok these guys have had enough" but NOPE.  He decided to challenge us even more.  As I was cooking our Thanksgiving dinner (I had the sides while Don did the Turkey and Ham and my Mom did the Giblet Gravy, Mac N Cheese and the Stuffing or Dressing as you prefer to call it), I discovered our sink drain was not draining out.  Oh boy!  Another challenge!  The water was backed up with no where to go.

Yep, you guessed it!  Our septic was FULL!

Hurricane Matthew still has the water level high, so add to that 7 people using the water, bathroom, shower and that equals a full tank!  The septic decided on Thanksgiving Day that it had enough and wasn't taking anymore.

Yep!  This mess was our holiday weekend.

I'm thankful to say that Don has fixed the bedroom and our wonderful landlords had the septic emptied completely late last night.  We did manage to have a great meal despite the challenges and we all shared things we were thankful for.  Me?  I was just thankful to have the meal done and my family fed.

Sometimes challenges happen and you come through them together, stronger than you expect to.  You learn from them, deal with them and move forward.  These were some pretty serious tasks we faced but we didn't let that stop us from enjoying our time as a family or discourage us from our holiday.

When life throws you lemons, you simply add some sugar, some ice and have sweet homemade lemonade!



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Peace, Quiet and Tranquility


Peace, 

quiet, 

tranquility.  

These are three things you won't find in our house.  With four kids, there is never any quiet.  There's never peace.  There's never tranquility.  

But what there is, is a lot of love, a lot of fun and a lot of NOISE.

One day my house will be empty and I will have peace and quiet again but it will be too quite because nothing makes me happier than this house full of noise.  The smiles, the laughs, even the occasional screams and tears make life worth living.  Living life is worth it all.

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