within the beauty & the broken

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as i spend a little time reflecting on 2014, both the beauty & the broken, i know one thing…my hope alone is in jesus.

during the times of beautiful i know all gifts are from him. may i always have a heart of gratitude.

and during the times of broken i know that he makes all things beautiful in his time, for his glory. may i always trust in his goodness and unfailing love.

he meets us right where we are. every single day. as we walk through valleys of shadows as well as when we reach the mountain tops of glory.

by the seashore of peace as well as within the torrential unknown, he is always there.

in his name we have protection & provision, we have grace and mercy, strength & healing.

and every day of 2015 may we know this promise~

 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—

that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us

to him be glory 

January 2, 2015 - 11:28 am

sandra - Amen! My dad is struggling with cancer, so your words were the exact reminder I needed to read at this moment. To God be the Glory….in the good times and in the bad.

January 2, 2015 - 12:32 pm

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January 2, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Leanne - Yes, He is always there! Thank you for the reminder!!!
I love your blog…you are a real inspiration. I’m positive if you lived near me we would be friends! I love Jesus, my family, my dog, Seaside etc.
Also, tell your sweet Savannah ….. I’m the crazy lady with the special China canvas request with two pink hearts on it…. I got it and LOVE it.
Happy New Year!

January 2, 2015 - 11:08 pm

Terry - beautoful!

January 3, 2015 - 7:37 am

angela - thankful for His promises. i know they are true. i never doubt. and yet, in the really hard times I need gentle reminders. so, thank you. love you dear friend.

January 3, 2015 - 8:39 am

Christan Perona - Love this. Needed this, Paige. “…To know the love that surpasses knowledge.” I’m clinging to the Presence that will never leave me in the shadows and on the hilltops. Thank you for this reminder. Happy New Year to you and yours.

January 4, 2015 - 1:05 pm

jodi - beautiful and a lovely picture of Madison.

Happy New Year!

jodi

January 7, 2015 - 10:59 pm

Mimi - The picture and the post were lovely and uplifting. Thank you for sharing !

the gift

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several weeks ago a precious friend gave me a priceless gift….a weekend at her beautiful home in watercolor florida. she offered dan & i a weekend away alone, but my sweet guy really can’t afford to take any more days during the school year after missing so many back in the fall both before & after his surgery. so a few days prior to christmas with the entire family was almost too good to be true.

its so weird how life’s events just shift your focus and cause your view to change in truly the blink of an eye. while today dan is healthy, the surgical scar is healing & faintly pink on his abdomen…and our biggest stress is how we’re going to afford to marry off four daughters one day!  several weeks ago however,  our biggest stress was what his story with colon cancer would include.

it was truly a miracle how we found it. his mama had it. she actually had several cancers and beat ‘em all except for the last one. she survived uterine cancer in the 50’s. honestly. can you even imagine? i remember her telling me what her radiation was like back then. she & i both nurses and both aware of how tragic cancer was “back then” for sure. but she beat it and colon cancer decades ago & so we prayed my dan would be the same. but to look at another tall, dark & handsome strong, athletic 6’3″ man and wonder what the future would be sent me into a tail spin.

so when my precious friend called and offered her home as a respite after a rough season i could hardly believe it. i’ve always wanted to see my favorite little town seaside all dressed up for christmas. ( watercolor is seaside’s next door neighbor for those of you unfamiliar). we headed out after school friday & enjoyed a few days, despite dreary rainy weather, in my favorite little spot. i know some of my travel-loving daughters wondered why we chose the same place we vacation but honestly, i’d be content to see my favorite little beach spot as my destination for ever & ever.

her home is huge and gorgeous & just lovely. we really were spoiled in luxury! i ate shrimp & grits, shrimp po-boys, and a delicious breakfast at cowgirl kitchen and of course hit our fam fave-the red bar. i shopped my favorite spots-patchoulis, simple & perspicasity. i saw sand on my boots in winter for the first time & loved it. savannah , madison & i headed over to erika’s home for a quick visit. talk about an amazing home. i played it cool though & refrained from taking photos in her home like a wEirDo and only snapped one of the girlies as we hit the road. a precious visit with her precious family.

so. true story, the sun came out for like 7 seconds. no joke people. 7 seconds. i was actually photographing madi on the beach & the sun peeked out for a moment. then proceeded to come out as we packed the car. but that’s ok. i’ll take a rainy day there anytime! the kiddos hit the heated pool a couple times & had a few bike rides. dan & i spent lots of time hugging each other & feeling just thankful for being there.

here’s a few shots from our trip…”big girl” camera shots to follow.

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December 30, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Andrea - Any day is a good day at the beach……mine is an hour or so east of yours, but I would take a storming, cold, dreary day at the beach any time…..just love it. So glad you and yours had these sweet days at yours….. Happy New Year!

December 30, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Cathy G. - I’d take the beach any time!!!! I miss it so living here in Colorado!!! So happy for such a gift for you all … You deserved it!!! Happy new year!!!!!

December 31, 2014 - 2:16 pm

jodi - what a wonderful get away and what a sweet friend to offer. the Knudsen’s deserved it and so glad you had a great time.

happy new year sweet friend

jodi

January 1, 2015 - 2:39 am

courtney defeo - i’m so glad you went! what a perfect gift for a precious family.

January 1, 2015 - 10:56 am

Peggy - What a sweet and generous gift! I pray your new year will be filled with promise as you follow the path that the Lord has laid out for you. I love seeing your heart and watching what is in store for the next year. Happy new year, my friend! I am so glad that God has blessed me with ladies like you in my life!

January 2, 2015 - 12:10 am

Mimi - I love that area of Florida any time of year! We went in October as an anniversary getaway. Recharges me until the next visit : )
thanks for the suggestions of places — I’m always checking out new spots to eat and shop. Maybe I’ll bump into you if you’re there in May.

January 3, 2015 - 11:18 am

AngieD - What a magical trip…. and such a nice way to be together. You have a fantastic friend. It’s always the best to “be in the moment” I’ve found. In that space miracles abound.

Happy New Year to you and your family. (by the way I just happened to stumble on your blog today and thankful that I did.)