Monday, June 21, 2010

I Have a Confession

Mondays are typically when I share my gifts...

And often I try to be thankful for those meaningful moments...those intangibles that are really of value...

But today...I'm going to confess that I'm also thankful for...


I love is a problem really...

so today I'm confessing that although I AM thankful...I may actually have a problem

You see, when you look into my closet you will be greeted with this sight

But then your eyes will travel upwards and you will also notice these boxes

Yes, they are all filled with another pair of shoes...

And you might say, "Paige, that's not so bad..."

But then you will notice something sticking out from under the clothes

And THEN you would look to the left...

And then you might say...perhaps this is a bit much Paige.

Yes, I know. 

Now, as a disclaimer I would like to offer two things:  1. These shoes have accumulated over the last 10 years - seriously, a couple pairs have been in my ownership since the day I got married and because they are simple they have not gone out of style and therefore they remain in my closet.  2. Several of these are the result of a tragedy in my mother's life.  She had to have foot surgery a couple of years ago and the result of this surgery is that she can no longer wear fabulous high heels.  Do not bring this up to her as you may see tears well up in her see, I inherited this shoe problem from my the day that she had to give up her high heels was a VERY sad day (for her).  For me, it was a day of great joy & celebration (although I did feel sorry for my mom).

Now that I have confessed, I would like to state that I am thankful for my shoes!

I am thankful for my latest purchase.  These are my new favorites that I got from Anthropologie.  They were fabulously cheap (and you know, nothing in cheap in Anthropologie, so I felt obligated to bring them home).

I am thankful for these lovely gems that were a part of my mother's collection.  I feel like both a lady & a rock star when I wear them.

I am thankful for these shockingly yellow sandals because they are both comfortable and fun.

And lastly, I'm thankful for my funky boots!  I bought them on 5th Avenue in NYC with my they bring up feelings of nostalgia each time I wear them.

I'm contemplating sharing each week a new pair that I am thankful for...if for no other reason than to remind myself that I do in fact have PLENTY of shoes & hopefully refrain from purchasing another pair...

What do you think?  Should I share more?  And do you have something that you need to confess?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wonderful Dads

Thankful that my girl has a wonderful daddy...

Thankful that I have a wonderful dad too...

Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

I Am Still Counting My Gifts (81-100)

I haven't given up on counting my gifts...just got a little behind. However, I am excited to reach 100...and after jotting a few more down, my heart is full of thanks! Perhaps you should join me in counting your gifts! I'm going to 1000!

81. A gorgeous backyard that continues to bloom even though we have black thumbs

82. A season of weddings – watching girls that I love join their lives with men of honor

83. A spontaneous trip to KC – finding that our spontaneity is still possible with a little one

84. Simply sitting in IHOP Prayer Room

85. Watching a little girl twirl in her tutu and then run to get hugs from her daddy…hearing God whisper at that moment that He stills sees me that way too

86. Faithful friends in which I could bare my soul…finding eyes of comfort and words of wisdom

87. A ruffled bikini for Selah’s first pool day

88. Watching Selah bring peace and joy to those who hold her…

89. …to a friend who recently miscarried

90. …to a sweet babysitter who needed to feel she “was living in a novel”

91. …to my lovely mom who has had too much on her plate recently

92. …to my Mema – who despite debilitating pain and frail bones joyfully held my sweet girl with a content smile and many kisses

93. An opportunity to serve – finding fulfillment in a little sweat

94. Arranging floral arrangements for a wedding – laughing at my lack of ability

95. Seeing the beauty of an old stained glass window

96. Talking with a pastor of a small country church – marveling at his warmth and grace…especially as I saw the sign that last Sunday’s attendance was 34…

97. Finding old treasures from my parents’ attic

98. Watching my sweet Selah roll over…and over…and over…

99. Using the hot weather as an excuse for cold treats – ice cream…yogurt…frozen custard…

100. Watching Josh read “Ten Fingers and Ten Toes” with great enthusiasm

holy experience

Monday, June 7, 2010

Some Exciting Firsts

Selah has had some exciting firsts (well, they have been exciting for me!)

She was dedicated this past Sunday...

She got to experience her first swim day...couldn't resist the ruffle bikini...

She got her first round of shots...but even Scooby Doo band-aids didn't slow those little legs down...

And she attended her first wedding...congrats Mark & Erin!

It has been a busy couple of weeks for our little bug!
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