Monday, October 31, 2011


Day 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 of 31 Days of Happy

It's hard to believe that October is almost done, along with 31 Days of Happy.  Maybe I'll spend the month of November posting on all the things that do not make me happy.  HA.  Kidding, only kidding.  

It's a little tempting though.  

Back to happy...

One of the major things that has been on my happy list this month is the Bible study that our ladies are doing.

This one:

This is our third Beth Moore study.  They're all amazingly good...but this one...extra extra good.  

I keep going back through it to re-read what I've underlined, to rehearse what I've learned again and again.  (we're only on week 4 of 10) 

There's something Beth Moore says, in particular, that I just can't get out of my head.  

"Without God's intervention, we can offer only a small bandage to someone hemorrhaging from uncontrolled emotions.  We may bring calm for a moment, but our efforts will have little lasting effect."

It's a word picture that I can't get out of my head.  It's so very, very true.

Maybe it's because I'm in ministry...or maybe it's just because I'm an average person like everyone else, but so many around me are very literally hemorrhaging with problems.  With issues.  With emotions.  With life.  

Can you picture someone hemorrhaging?  I've heard stories.  It's not pretty. It's not a slow bleed.  It's fast, and furious, and messy.  If not stopped quickly, it means death.  The doctor doesn't have a patient hemorrhage, and decide the best course of action is a band-aid.

My words may be able to calm...for a moment.  Which is good.  But they do not fix the problem.  They are not meant to fix the problem.  

Only God's intervention brings healing.  He's the only thing strong enough to stop a hemorrhage.  So many times we want someone to give us the answer. Give us the 5 step plan, or better yet 3 steps...shorter is always better, right?  And when the person we go to, lets us down or doesn't have an answer, or can't even help, we lose hope or worse yet...give up.  We continue to hemorrhage.

Only God brings the healing.  And before the healing can start, He has to stop the hemorrhage.  The way He chooses to stop it, well...that's up to Him.   What's up to us, is whether we will let Him or not.

In my experience, there's a vast number of people that would rather die hemorrhaging than surrender and let Him intervene.  

And I don't get it.  I just don't.

But that little quote of's gotten to me.  And God's using it to remind me of who I am...which is just someone He uses to send encouragement and truth.  And who He is...which is the Healer.  He is a great-big God.    

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

White Slip Covers

Day 25and 26 of 31 Days of Happy

White Slip Cover Happy

I like white.  It's not practical, but sometimes...practical is over-rated, or in the very least not cute.

I blame Pinterest for pushing me over the edge into white-slip-cover heaven.

We are terribly hard on furniture.  I have proof...

I came across this blog, and was elated to find out she had a messy family like myself, and STILL loved her white slip covers.  She makes her own covers.  I debated about whether or not I thought I could make my own.  I ended up  deciding that my patience and skill level was not quite adequate to tackle a sofa cover (yet), but I thought I could probably pull off a chair/ottoman one.

After some internet searching I came across the website Ugly Sofa.  They sell high-end slip covers for a deeply discounted price.  Perfect. 

And when the covers came, guess what the tags said?  Pottery Barn.  I may have skipped around my living room for several minutes just from sheer elation.  
They even sent me this little monogrammed (Pottery Barn) makeup bag thingy as a surprise free gift.  Bonus!  



This is right out of the package...I am NOT ironing a couch.  For Realz.
Loose-fit cover

I ended up making my own ottoman cover *pat on back* 

And for the wing back chair, I ordered a loose cover, and am planning on making a fitted cover out of that.  But first I'm gonna have to practice with old bedsheets or something.  

The couch cover has been on for a week.  I thought I'd give it some time before I  blogged about I could let you know how it's really going.  It  stayed cleaner than I thought it would.  I did learn that I need to put a blanket over the seat on the weekends though, because the boys go in and out of the house and then sit on it and it was looking a little grubby.

I washed it yesterday for the first time.  Easy peasy to wash, bleach, dry,  and get back on.  It makes me kind of grossed out to think of whats on my couch and never been washed off.  *shudder*  I really do love it.  It's casual, yet clean looking and it just makes me happy.  

I need to get crackin' on the chair slipcover, because the loose fitting one is driving me a little crazy.  I only paid $30 for it, and it is enough material for me to make the fitted cover.  It was far cheaper to go this route than it was to purchase the material at the fabric store.  ( all covers are 100% White Cotton Duck)

I also made some envelope pillow slip covers as well.  Because as you know...makeovers just keep spreading from one thing to the next.  Like the common cold.

I've made some other stuff too...I'm a sewing fool.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nothing Like a New Baby...

Day 21, 22, 23 & 24 of 31 Days of Happy

New baby nephew/cousin = Happy!

The Boys and Lucy were pretty excited to meet their newest baby cousin, Logan.  Can you tell?  (Ben and I totally ditched them when we went to see him in the hospital, because we're nice like that)

Lucy likes to give baby Logan love smacks pats on the head.  She was quite annoyed that we wouldn't let her.  It seems all we do lately is ruin her fun. Don't worry Logan, it's a good thing you joined the world at a whopping 10 lbs, because you're already 1/2 her weight...

We love you bunches already, Logan.  It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming your big brother Jack to the family!

Happy Big Brotherhood Jack!  Speaking from experience, the oldest kids certainly have it the toughest.  *cough*

Thursday, October 20, 2011

One and a Half

Day 18, 19 & 20 of 31 Days of Happy

Is combining three days of happiness in one post cheating?  I think not...I prefer the term "efficient."

Today Lucy is officially 1 1/2 years old.  

She talks non-stop.  Most of it we do not understand.  Her brother Jake (6yrs wise) informed me it's because she's speaking in Chinese.  Alrighty then.  

She has gotten quite good at saying animal sounds, uh oh, and sit.  And if you saw her cute little Miss America wave, you'd die.  She has the wrist-flick down to perfection.  

She also screeches.  A lot.  When happy, mad, excited, get the idea.  

We'd like the screeching to stop.  Like immediately.

The screeching aside, she's a hoot.  And so stinkin' adorable we can hardly stand it.  

She makes us all happy.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Monday

Day 17 of 31 Days of Happy

Sitting here on the couch, next to my husband, while he watches his football team makes me happy.

If his football team, chose different colors for their uniforms, I'd be even happier.  Seriously Miami Dolphins, you're a football team...choose some manly-er colors already. 

The end.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy to be Imperfect

Day 16 if 31 Days of Happy

Happy Imperfection.

I am definitely not a perfectionist.  I'm completely, unabashedly aware that I am not how can an imperfect person contemplate doing something with perfection?  I can't fathom it.

Although, as a side note, I do expect perfection from my surgeon that I or someone I love may need someday...I'm just saying...

Anyways, I've been sewing like a crazy woman this week.  I've managed to make an ottoman cover, two pillow covers, fabric letters of the alphabet for Lucy for Christmas, and repaired my favorite chambray shirt.

I'll share my pillows and ottoman pics with you later this week...along with another little thing that makes me happy.

Everything I made displays mistakes.  It's a far cry from professional looking, but it's good enough for me.  And good enough is better than perfection.  Because good enough = done and perfection= never starting.

I say...embrace your imperfection.  Shout it from the roof top.  God shows Himself when we do...He can actually use us then.  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Happy Scentsy

Day 15 of 31 Days of Happy

I have a lovely friend who sells Scentsy.  Heard of it?  I love it.  LOVE.

And tonight, I decided that Lucy is going to get THIS for Christmas.  With the Newborn Nursery scent pack...because it smells like baby powder and seriously, I can't get enough of that smell.

Don't tell Lucy about her present.  She hates when people spoil surprises.

Yummy smells = Happy

The End.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fresh Air

Day 14 of 31 Days of Happy

Fresh-Air Happy

The boys didn't have school today, so we made our annual trek through the outdoors.  It was a little chilly, the perfect kind of chilly.

Boys conquered trails...steep trails.  Us girls admired (and prayed for safety) from down below.  We played.  And soaked it all in...because the farmer's fields are quickly emptying of beans and corn...and every Iowan knows that empty fields mean:  Winter is coming.  *shudder*

Do you see the cloud shaped like a duck through the nasty dirty windshield?  That was our happy ending to the trip.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Bedtime

Day 13 of 31 Days of Happy

Bedtime for my children makes. me. HAPPY!

I love them.  Like crazy.  But by 8:00 Mama is done.  Really, really done.

I need the time between when they go to bed, and when we go to bed to just wind quiet.  And by quiet, I mostly mean catching up with the DVR or Netflix, with my husband.  It's what we do.  Happy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Pictures

Day 12 of 31 Days of Happy

So the other day, on my Big Earrings post, Leah asked what the thingy in the background was.  Kudos to Leah for paying attention to details...or maybe she was just trying to look at anything other than the weird expression on my face...I don't blame you Leah.

Here's the picture.  Again.  Because I have no shame.

See it back there?  I took a better picture of it for you...without my face in front of it.

It's a metal thing with little clips on it.  I've had it a few years. I bought it at a store in a town fairly close to me.  If you're local and you think you need one, email me and I'll give you the location...they still carry it. ;) It makes me happy.  At Christmas time I stick everybody's Christmas pictures on it.  Fun stuff.

Leah had mentioned that she was thinking of making something similar from the metal thing from a know, that thing the mattress lays on.  And I think that's an awesome idea!  So now, when the time comes to move Lucy to a big girl bed, I won't be so sad...because I'll secretly be glad to get my hands on the metal thingamajig.  Thanks Leah!  

So, this also brings me to another thought...if anyone else has any questions for me, I'd be happy to answer.  Just leave me a comment.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blogging Happy

Day 11 of 31 Days of Happy

Blog Happy

My own blog makes me happy.  That's probably not politically correct, but it does.  I've been at it for over 3 1/2 years now...never dreaming that I'd stick with it this long.  Lately I've been having fun flipping back through my archives and re-living some of those days, weeks, months...years.  

Which really, is the whole reason I write.  To document our journey.  I should, in the very least, look back and enjoy it. 

I haven't networked to make its readership grow, I haven't honed in on my audience, no advertisements, and certainly no money made.  I like it this way.

Just me writing what's in my head, on my heart and in my life.  That makes me happy.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day 10 - Happy Tracking

Day 10 of 31 Days of Happy

Happy Tracking.

Back in April, I was introduced to My Fitness Pal.  It's a FREE website that you can use to track your food intake for the day, exercise, and set weight loss goals.  You also set up a profile, so you can sort of social network with friends (or strangers) along the journey.  It's SUPER easy to use.  It even lets you know when they haven't logged on for awhile because they need "encouragement" which is code for "they've fallen off the wagon"  I know this, personally.  

It does not show them what you weigh.  I know you're all thinking it.   Only how much you want to lose (if you choose to share.)  It's been completely eye opening for me.  I've lost 15 pounds since April, and have four more to on earth it can be SO HARD to lose four pounds, I will never understand.   

Also, just so you know some more useless information about me, I was eating more than twice the recommended calories for myself every. single. day.  And the sugar...about 4-5 times the amount I needed.  Yep, that bad.

I love myfitnesspal.  

And, if you decide to join it, and want a friend, I'd be happy to stalk have you.  Just email me and I'll give you my profile name.  It's my blog name, all smashed together with  gmail at the case you didn't notice.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 9 - Enormous Earrings

Day 9 of 31 Days of Happy

Accessories are like the happy of any outfit.

Today I wore big earring to church.  I love big earrings...on other people.  I usually just have boring old studs in my ear lobes.  

Now that my hair is longer though, and it doesn't make me feel so awkward with big earrings, I thought I'd give them another shot.  

Me likey.  Even my boys liked them.  Which is hilarious, because they never really notice anything I wear. 

The last picture is an outtake...but it captures my love for the swingy earring. ;)

My love for the big earring goes back to 3rd grade.  I went to a parochial school, and my mom wouldn't let me wear dangly earrings.  Lucky for me, my friend Jessica, would sneak her moms big, long  earrings, bring them to school and we would put them on in the bathroom before school started.  


We eventually got found out.  Of course.  But it was fun while it lasted.  

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Day 8 of 31 Days of Happy

I'm happy for...

  • A 9 AM flag football game rather than 8 AM
  • Another beeeeautiful day.  Picture perfect weather.  Still!
  • The quick nap I took on the couch.
  • Lucy's super long nap she took all afternoon.
  • A husband who did his yearly handiwork of "unclogging my washing machine pump that fills with gunk and then no longer empties" gig.  It works again.  For free.  Happy.
  • The kids hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa while Ben and I used a gift card for our date.  
  • Kids bathing at G&G's so that when we got them home they went straight to bed.  Can I get an amen?
  • A house that is clean.  As clean as it gets around here, anyways.
  • The sound of my washing machine running as I type this.  Seriously, I love that machine.
  • The Caramel Macchiato I had at Starbucks.  
  • Church tomorrow...and the man in the other room who's preparing the sermon.  
  • The smell of my pumpkin spice Yankee candle burning.
  • Caffeine 
The End.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 7 - You Should See Us

Day 7 of 31 Days of Happy with Fringe Girl

Happy Weather

I know it's uber boring to blog about the weather, but I just have to say that the past week in Iowa has been sunny and warm and breezy and simply DIVINE.  Blue skies, changing leaves, combines in the field.  

It makes me love this place.

Remember I said that...because come January I'll be cursing the frigid tundra.  But for's bliss.

If you're from Iowa, or have been to Iowa, you obviously know we're pretty much the nicest people around.  I'm not even exaggerating.  The nicest.  Even in January.  But with THIS weather, you should see us.  We're skipping and holding hands everywhere we go.  Sheer giddiness.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Hooligans

Day 6 of  31 Days of Happy.

You know what you do if you're a lazy blogger?  You get tired of linking things.  So today, in honor of my laziness, you'll have to go back to yesterdays post that includes a link to what 31 Days of Happy is, or means, or whatev.

Today I am happy to have hooligans.  

What fun would life be, without the antics of a toddler?

The real question long is it going to take the parsonage family to finally remember that things on the table are no longer safe?  We have dozens of spilled cups to prove we are either slow learners or in complete denial that baby Lucy is actually no longer a baby.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 5 - Happy Foodie

Day 5 of 31 Days of Happy

Pinterest makes me happy.  Recipes I've found on Pinterest really make me happy.  So, I thought I'd make you happy sharing them with you.  These recipes are ones I've made myself...and they're delish.  (click on the link after Source to go to the actual recipe)

Sorry the pics and links are a little wonky...I'm not sure why Pinterest doesn't cooperate with me.


 Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

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