Born in the 70’s . . .

(You can buy this amazing house here, but it’s so lovely I want to buy it for my little Byrdie too!)

Shhh……can you keep a secret? I put up a few things on my Etsy store. Why is it a secret? Well it’s not really but I’m not quite ready to do a Grand Opening and there’s lots more stuff to post. This is just a little test run. Let me know what you think. Today I want to tell you about something new I have discovered. Anyone can make a Treasury on Etsy and I’m hooked. Here’s my first one. It’s all about growing up in the 70’s.

Born In The 70’s Treasury via Etsy

I was born in 1973 and I’m plenty nostalgic about that time period. I had some roller skates just like the ones I found in the Treasury. I have a very vivid memory of going to the skating rink at about 4 years old and getting so excited when “Shake Your Booty” by KC and The Sunshine Band came on. It was kinda my song back then. I lived in Memphis, TN in 1978 and I will never forget when Elvis died. There was of course a huge media frenzy on TV and everyone was talking about it. I asked my my when Elvis was going to get better. We had a dining room table with yellow chairs with lattice work and the yellow and white lattice glasses in the Treasury remind me of it. I remember sitting around it with my Mom and Dad eating homemade biscuits with dinner my Mom made. I used to loooove to dress up and pretend I was a “beautiful lady” in my Mom’s clothes. She had a pair of Candie’s mules that I loved to wear. There were also fabulous gold shoes, pretty earrings and dresses and a huge pile of old dance costumes my Grandmother found for me at a yardsale. Heaven on earth for a little girl with tulle and sequins for miles. I got a Winnie the Pooh record player for my 5th birthday and it was the perfect gift. I could play my records and escape in the music and storybook records. When I was 4 my Dad taught me to Disco on Christmas Eve. I spent so many hours playing barbies making up stories and creating apartments and homes out of chairs and under tables. I loved playing with Little People too and gazing into those tiny homes and pretending I was living in there too. I was born in the 70’s and a part of my heart will always be there. When were you born?

wishes & hopes

i wish i could make the world stand still so every mother could gaze in awe at their little ones and breathe in every second of their babies little lives

i wish i could win the lottery and be like oprah for one day paying off debts for loved ones, buying my parents new homes, sending my brothers through college, taking all my friends on a dream vacation, helping people who have lost hope.

i wish i could go back in time and see my parents and my husband when they were kids. like a little tiny fly on the wall.

i wish there was a way i could live close to my family and my friends at the same time.

i wish i could take my camera around the world, taking pictures and finding stories.

i wish i could go back in time and visit with my grandpa one last time.

i hope that someday politics will stop dividing friends and loved ones.

i hope that one day it won’t be a luxury for mothers to be able to stay home with their children.

i hope that i can remember to be kind and loving at all times.

i hope that i can start eating more local foods.

i hope that someday i will live by the ocean.

i hope that you are encouraged today, that you will find some sunshine in your corner of the world, and realize you are loved.

Whatever is lovely…

Today I am just really thankful. So I thought I’d make a list here of things I’m thankful for. You see it’s been a long winter. A really long winter. Hard in many ways and some heavy loads to bear……but also a time when some really amazing things have happened. Today it rained. And rained. And rained. But somehow a ray or two of sun found it’s way through the clouds, not just the clouds in the sky but those in my mind. Today I was able to see clearly again through the clouds.

I am so very thankful for……….

My new job.
The fact that I get to stay home with my little Byrdie. I realize not every Mom has this luxury and I am intensely grateful and appreciative of every moment. It’s a miracle that I was able to have her and every inch of her is a gift.

My husband.
I could go on and on about him but that would be a whole post of it’s own. I am so proud of him for going back to school, getting great grades, working hard and being an amazing husband and father. What I would do without him I dare not even imagine. A good man is hard to find. Having waited till I was 32 to find him (if you don’t count the seven years we were friends), I know this all too well. I love him so much.

My family.
So much love. Each one dear in their own special way. A great big bunch of people that I couldn’t make it without. From my parents to my brothers and grandparents and in-laws to my friends that feel like family…I’m so thankful for everyone and for the life we get to share together.

I didn’t always have great friends. I know what it is like to be lonely. To sit alone in the lunchroom or with people who don’t include you or understand. For every one of those moments I cherish my sweet friends.

Spring cleaning.
I have a secret to tell you….I think I like to clean. Last friday my husband took our little girl out for some “father-daughter time” and I … got to clean. I cleaned like I haven’t since I was nesting last summer. It was a beautiful thing.

The Food Network and HGTV.
Lets just keep it real. If you are a Mom you will understand when I say that having a baby turns your world upside down. In a good way…but still…upside down. And then sideways and upside down again. So during the sleepless nights, the repetitive tasks, the days that seem to all melt together into one…you learn to really appreciate the things that haven’t changed. The stable things. Big things like your husband’s love and his hugs, calls and texts from your Mom or a good friend and yes little things like….television. The Food Network and HGTV and their constant stream of cheery, sunny programming. No Judge Judy or Judge Alex or soap operas for me. When I need a little escape I like to go to the channels where I can also learn a little something along the way.

The World Wide Web
In the days before the internet I bet it was alot more lonely and isolating to be a new mommy at home trying to figure things out. However these days with Facebook, Twitter, blogs, instant messaging, iPhones and email you are only a couple clicks away from a friendly word of encouragement, a hello from a long lost friend or something to inspire you.

Coca Cola.
The nectar of the South… You may get your zip from coffee and sometimes I do too but give me an ice cold Coca Cola and things instantly are looking up.

My husband keeps me laughing. My little girl is a morning baby and wakes up with a smile every single day and is quick to laugh and smile. Charlie Chaplin once said “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” I agree.

My dishwasher.
Have you ever spent years washing dishes by hand only to finally get a dishwasher? Then you know my joy. If you don’t have one, unless you just happen to love washing dishes (I do know some folks that do) then I hope you get one soon too.

The Lord.
I have love for everyone but I don’t know how I could make it one day without Jesus.

I truly believe the best prescription for feeling down is thankfulness. There is always, always something to be thankful for. Even if it is just the air you breathe you can always thank God for something. Your very life is a gift. You are a miracle.

Philippians 4:4-8 (New International Version, ©2011)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.