Thursday, March 25, 2010

A thought to ponder..

Just something to think about . . . . I received this in an email awhile back and thought it was worthy of sharing. Enjoy!

Carrots, Eggs & Coffee A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil.

In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.' 'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

May we all be COFFEE!!!!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Heads Up..

** Linking up with Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage.. Be sure and go have a look at all the great things others have posted..**

I've been wanting to try and make a simple version of a headboard for Tyler's bed.. I finally got around to it this weekend.. I still have one more thing I want to do to it in the next few weeks and then it'll be complete. I bought one 1x4 and used a piece of plyboard that I already had so this was a cheap DIY fix. The pictures are not great because I took them with my phone. I did most of it by myself but Jeff helped me some when I needed it. Thanks honey!

assembled and waiting to be sanded

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Daddy's all in.. 41st

This past weekend we celebrated Jeff's 41st birthday with a party at the house.. He had lots of friends stop by and most of the family was there.. Some played a few innocent hands of poker and others had fun trying karioke,, Jeff had the most fun "entertaining" us with karioke,, wish I had a picture of that.. It was lots of fun.. Hope you had a great birthday honey,, I love you!!!

Paint cures boredom..

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A couple weeks ago I got SUPER bored one night, was looking for something to do and decided to try painting a little sign,, this was just a scrap piece of paneling type board.. not square or anything.. I drew each little shape and then painted it in green,, looking back I think it would've been easier and faster to just freehand the shapes with the paint brush as I went. I freehanded the name and think it looks ok even though its not centered. Made this one for Alana, special little friend of Amberly's. I want to try my hand at a slightly bigger version but with a bit more design to it.


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