10.26.2012

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Hey, you wanna grab a coffee?

I'd tell you that I love fall, more and more as I get older.  I think it is the hardest time of year to eat clean.  Because Wawa puts Butternut Squash and Apple soup on its menu Monday and Thursday.  And that stuff is like amaze.  Not even amazing.  Yup, the 'ing' falls right off cuz you just veg out as it fills your tummy with warm goodness:).  

It is also filling my hips and thighs with warm goodness.  Although, my jeans are having a fit.  (no pun intended;)...

I'd tell you that I really love our new dog.  And now I want another.  What the heck is wrong with me? I already have the breed picked out.  I have a thing for massive, scary dogs:).  

Phil is changing shifts soon, so that he can go to church every Sunday, instead of every other...which is what he has to do now.  I'm so proud of him.  His heart is beautiful.  And he is cute on the outside too.  Double whammy, that guy. 

That Philly got his first sack this week.  And he told me the next day when I picked him up from school, "Guess what I thought about ALL DAY LONG, mom?"  Me:  school work??  "Nope.  MY SACK."  My little meat head:):).  

That Philly and Niamh come out of the bedroom every so often after I tuck them in and ask, "Can we each have a sweater to sleep with?"  They love to snuggle my sweaters.  I melt.

I'd tell you that Phil and I are part of a team working to plant a new church in our area.  And that our monthly meetings are a blessing.  That I've seen God answer our prayers already.  When you have a need-- like, God please help my heart change from this to this-- He WILL move.  He will change you.  Even if it is little by little. Be bold in your prayers, friends.  He is listening and working.  

That I tried to re-produce the Butternut Squash soup stuff this week in a crockpot. 
That was an epic FAIL.

That Niamh is so innocent and loving toward other girls.  She is so trusting and sweet.  Sometimes I worry.  Because little girls can be clicky... And I don't want her feelings hurt.  
That she asked me this week, "Will zombies ever happen?"  I told her, "No."  Then overheard her ask Phil in the other room the same thing.  He said, "I'm not sure."  Zombie geek.

I talked to my mom on the phone and told her about Niamh's zombie question.  She said that my dad and brother were already planning  to leave her as bait if there was a zombie apocalypse because she would pretty much just be useless during a zombie attack:).  

Okay.  My family has serious attachment issues to The Walking Dead.  

I'd tell you that my girl is getting straight A's at this moment.  We never push for it...because I never want my kids to feel stressed out about their grades.  But hey, if they want to get all A's here and there-- I'm all for it:).

That I have a sneaker-buying problem.  I do run a lot, so I think it is justified.  I think.

I'd tell you that I can't believe how many people leave me sweet comments and send me loving emails...just to say "hi."  I love you guys...Seriously, I really love this space and the people that let me share a little about myself and family on this blog.  You all make my heart so happy:).

So...
Now it is your turn:)...

Anything special to share?...Love reading your thoughts on my coffee posts!
Have a lovely Friday, friends!

84 comments:

  1. My family just recently started going to church for the first time in my married life, then we took a break because of my newborn. I think we are going this weekend and I am SO HAPPY.

    My MIL has been here for a week and she is such a blessing. I am hugely fortunate that I love her and she is super helpful and one of the sweetest people I know.

    I had an appointment today and left my baby with her for almost three hours. I missed him so much! I can't believe
    I was worried I wouldn't have enough love to spread between my five year old and his new little person. I am drowning in it!

    I got the Backyard General stamp I won and I just keep taking it out and smiling. Something about rubber makes me happy! And your handwriting on the envelope... which I still have. Is that creepy? :)

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    1. you are too cute!! i'm glad you like the rubber:).

      i felt that way too before philly was born. like, worried if niamh would be my favorite because i just loved her more than i even knew how to put into words! and then philly came...and he had a little pig nose and kinda just spit instead of crying (we called him llama baby)...and i knew right away that my heart just doubled in size! God gives us so much room for loving our kiddos...however many He blesses us with<3.

      enjoy your tiny guy:). it flies by so quick. sometimes i love to kiss the kids on their little lips with they are sleeping bc they look like babies with their chubby cheeks pushed into the pillows:).

      have a beautiful weekend! thanks for making me smile:).
      xx

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  2. I'd tell you that I can sleep all night in a bed for 8 hours! I do have to get up every couple of hours to walk a bit or sit on the heat pad for a bit...but I go right back and fall asleep within 3 min. First time all night in a bed in over 4 years!!! YAY!!!

    That I can walk with my poles in a shop for about 20 min...30 min if you count poling in and out to the truck! Yay! 20 min in the LSS is just right...and heavenly.

    That my eldest daughter comes home from 2 months in France and Monaco today! Yay!

    That I have house cleaners weekly for 2 more weeks! Yay!

    That I have managed to start making cards again!

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    1. what wonderful news! i hope God continues to give you strength and mobility...so many of us take those things for granted.

      be safe and have a lovely weekend, friend<3.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, I always enjoy to reading them. Thank you. Hugs! Mojca

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    1. Thanks for reading them, Mojca:).
      Have a great weekend!!<3

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  4. Oh gosh I guess I would tell you that I am super excited all the digis I have gotten from you and can't wait to smash my heart out with them! I have so many ideas. And I would tell you that we have finished the outside of our storm cellar and I'm stoked! and p.s. I have a problem with liking the dead also.. Vampires I mean.:)

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    1. lol! my sisters and kiddo like the long in the tooth look:). we all have our thing, huh?! and yay for house projects being completed! doesn't it seem like such a relief when a big project is finished! i'm so happy for you guys!

      hugs<3<3

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  5. An evening run under the fall sky is heavenly.
    A hug from my two kiddos is the reason I came to earth.
    The longer I live, the more I trust God.
    Your blog is one reasons I started my own :)

    Stop by sometime - love to have ya!

    www.packingrainbows.com

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    1. Visited! WOW, lady. you are so gorgeous! love your blog design<3
      and beautiful thoughts here-- makes me want to head outside for a nice, cool fall run:).

      thanks for sharing a little piece of your <3.
      God bless!
      x

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  6. I'd tell you that your post made me smile which really helped as I've been really poorly with a virus, which on top of my conditions has hit me for 6, leaving me in bed most of the time but I know I'll cope because I always do.

    That my family are amazing, that my boy, Keagan, has been looking after me and making sure my mum knows what to do when he's at school!

    Mmmm sorry just sipping my coffee here ... ah yes... right I'd tell you that I'm going to do the Spectrum Noir colouring accreditation course. I have to colour various images, using different techniques as requested. A real test to see if my alcohol marker colouring really does stand up.

    I'd tell you I went and met up with many crafter's who I only knew on here, blogger, as part of the WOYWW (What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday) hosted by Julia on her blog, The Stamping Ground. It was scary for me to let them see the 'real' me - Zoe, the little lady who struggles to walk and has to use 2 blue sticks (crutches) to get around. But thankfully they all said I am just the same bubbly, smiling person they thought I would be, and that one lady described me on her blog as being brave and tough!

    I could go on, as I reckon if we did meet over coffee we'd chat for hours!

    Take care lovely. Zo xx

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    1. aw, Zo, I imagine you are just as lovely in person as you are in your comments!! for sure!! i know what you mean about meeting people you only know via blogging...i was so nervous at CHA...just wondered if the real me would be okay, because i'm so shy and quiet in person:). everyone was lovely! the only shocking thing they said i was SO tall, lol. i guess i seem short online:P.

      i know your coloring will rock! and don't you love how a boy cares for his mama! there is just such a soft spot in their hearts for us!<3

      get well, Zo...big hugs<3

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  7. Kirsta wonderful pics and your children are delicous .xThank you for al your freebies .Im just off to look in your shop xx

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  8. okay you can NEVER tell anyone in my family that the zombie appocalypse is not going to happen, because they have the plans all set in motion for when it does. and my youngest son (now age 19) has been taking dibs for years on being able to take me down when I turn..... but then my middle son's girlfriend has promised to keep me chained up in her yard, so I'm pretty cool with that. ;)
    so yeah, I think we're kinda hooked on the show as well. grins! in fact, the photo that gave me the biggest grin is your DD in her FAB PINK Walking Dead hoodie! I so want one!!! with all of my radiation, I really am turning into a zombie, slowly but surely....

    so glad that Philly is enjoying football and doing so well, too. great news on the grades!!! hip hip hooray for the both of them!

    I have a great pumpkin soup recipe that I would be glad to pass along to you. it's a chicken stock base, and oh, so yummy! in fact I'm making it this weekend since the temps are dropping.

    thrilled with the news about the church plant! what an exciting time! I'll be praying for the path to be smooth..... remember God has walked it before you, so trust that His feet have cleared the way for you.

    enjoy your weekend! :)

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    1. Jen, this is so hysterical and totally made my day!:)...i was cracking up!
      my mom would just be a mess in a zombie attack. she has called me three times in the last day just to make sure i am prepared for the hurricane coming up the coast:P...love that woman!!!!!!!!!

      and yes-- if you get a chance, i will totally take the pumpkin soup recipe! i really messed up the squash one. my hands smelled like onions for two whole days. blah. and i didn;t even get a meal out of it. threw it all away; so gross!

      thanks for always making me smile...i love your comments!
      hope you are doing well...i think of you often.

      hugs!

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  9. beautiful post Krista, what a wonderful family you have. That soup sounds fabulous, need to find a recipe. It was snowing here today, hope it's not a sign we are in for a bad winter BRRR!!
    x

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    1. what! snow!!?! i am so not ready for even the THOUGHT of snow!
      keep safe and warm, friend!! <3

      hugs!

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  10. Oh that's a lot of loveliness.. ♥♥
    Over coffee I'd tell you I worry too much lately and that I should get this house tidy..but spend too much time in front of the computer with my friends all over the world..

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    1. lol, me too! sometimes i sit and look at the messy room and think...nah, friends on computer are waaaaayyyyy more fun!! hehehe. here's to messy houses and coffee computer dates:).

      hugs!

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  11. What a lovely famely images.
    I can noth understand all off the Englisch but i can see that you love them.
    Gr Elly, Roemenie.

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    1. thank you friend!!
      such a sweet comment...

      hope your weekend is wonderful<3

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  12. Your kiddos are precious!! Have a great weekend!

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  13. Awww.. always love sipping java with you! ;o) That's some amazing news.. well, all of its fun.. but church planting?! Wow. May God bless you guys as you reach out in love.
    I'd tell YOU that we are housing a sickly wee gal here.. so we had to cancel her birthday party.. I know, tragic. We're still all going to dress up tho.. and party her germs with the in-laws.outlaws! Epic cuteness going down here, sniffles and all.

    muah!
    xx
    mel
    needle and nest design

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    1. hey Mel! i always get so excited when i see your name on the comment list:). you either make me laugh or just hugely encourage my heart!

      i hope Azriel gets better fast! that is no fun, especially on the bday!
      big hugs to her!

      have a lovely weekend:).
      xx

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  14. I love your coffee posts! They are so intimate even though we're sipping our java in different states!
    My life is all about my 3 year old son and my crafting. Oh, I work to pay the bills, but that's not my heart and my passion. Over coffee I'd tell you that Smarties candies = potty training success. I'd tell you I challenged myself to post to my blog every day in the month of October and I'm 5 days away from meeting that goal! I'd tell you late night crafting and not enough sleep are catching up to me and I'd really like a nap right now. And I'd say I'm hoping "Frankenstorm" misses us so the weather doesn't mess up HHalloween. Again. If it does I may be more disappointed than the small man (we have matching costumes: a dalmatian puppy and Cruella de Vil)!
    Happy Halloween, and watch out for those zombies.... ;-)
    {hugs}
    Regsn

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    1. Congrats on your blogging goal! it is so much harder than it sounds!! i don't think i've ever done a full month of posts:)...that is awesome!

      be safe in the storm. i need to go grab a few bags of ice tomorrow morning before all the stores sell out. this past summer after we had a bad storm and no electricity for a few days, i was going into convenience stores and filling up their fountain soda cups with ice and buying it that way!!! lol, go get some ice too girl!

      hope you guys she a great weekend...big hugs!!<3

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  15. Krista, I love reading your blog posts. Your beautiful, God-loving, natural, happy, normal, funny family warms my heart. I always leave your blog with a smile and wish I knew you all in real life! God bless xx

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    1. aw, Barb thank you!!! (although i sort of smiled at the 'normal':):):)...lol

      thank you for your sweet, loving words. i hope you have a beautiful weekend!
      <3<3<3

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  16. aw bless, thanks so much for sharing these piccies and your moments! It made me smile.

    My special moment this week was, when I made a homemade pumpkin soup that was sooooooooooooo delicious it seriousely deserves thousand Gout Millieu points LOL!

    Eeek, Zomies...no way... if they exist (erm, and since I believe that elves and fairies and unicorns exist...I guess the bad ones do too) they will never come near your sweet and innocent little Snowwhite. She will smile at him and her beautiful little face will make it go away and leaver her alone. Tell her that. I so wish her only sweet and decent ppeps around. Would be a pity if she gets hurt by mean girls who are jealous of her sweet soul!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend with lots of coffee :o)
    Huggles, Alessandra

    PS: oh and I loe this moment right now: go to my craft corner and colour an image of yours!!! Thanks for being so extraordinary talented! Muah :*

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    1. you are so sweet!! and pumpkin soup!! that sounds so delish!!!!!
      hope your weekend is bright and happy, Alessandra:).

      xx

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  17. Huh... it's a funny thing about coffee... I don't drink it that often and when I do, it's a total waste... according to Bill, because I fill it with cream and sugar!!! But I just got done making a pot, because it's so cold and rainy and I'm freezing and it just sounded good... and then I opened your blog and it's COFFEE!! LOL!!
    I'm trying not to worry about some pretty big bills that are coming do, so I'm being very good about not shopping... big bummer....
    I have to make a memorisl board for my friend's Dad who just passed away yesterday and it makes me sad because it brings back when my Dad died two years ago, but I'll do it because I love her...
    I'm hoping that we don't get hit with snow next week from the Hurricane because after all, it is Trick or Treat time on the 31st and Kaitly is going to be Brave and I can't wait to see her walking around with red, curly hair!!! And of course, Matthew is a ninja... do seven year old boys be anything else for dress up??? haha!
    I'm working on a countdown to Christmas book for a swap and having fun with that... one day I'll make one for ME!!!
    And now, I'm going to have that coffee....
    Have a fabulous day, Krista!!!
    Hugs,
    Teri

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    1. YES Teri! must be a seven/boy thing. philly is a ninja this year too! and boo!! leave it to a hurricane to make halloween night all yucky:(...gonna check the weather report before i go to bed and see what they are saying now. hope it goes out to sea...but is sounding less and less likely.

      and it is so special what you are doing for your friend. some things in life are so hard and yet, God finds ways to bless you in them. i hope your friend takes huge comfort in your kind act.

      take care and be safe, love!
      big hugs!
      xx

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  18. Here is a little hi from Denmark ( a litte country in Scandinavia)....fall here is also very beautiful and I love this coulourfull time of year :)
    I love reading your day to day life, you make me smile in my heart :)
    Well ..tomorrow I am going to a scrap event with 100 other creative women and I love it allthough I know that I am not going to make a lot ( decided to make cristmas cards)because there are so many people to talk to and then there is the shopping...lol....love it.
    Thanks for all your freebies, I can hardly wait to start using them, they are so beautiful. You see my son finally moved to his own appartment so my wish of having a whole scraproom to myself has come true..:)...so I just love my room.
    I wish you and your family a fantastic weekend.

    Pialine

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    1. WOW! i whole scrap room!! that sounds so dreamy. i us half the living room:). kinda jealous:):):).
      hope you have a lovely weekend Pialine. (love your name!)

      xx

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  19. love your picture posted - very nice - an everyone looks like they are enjoying life - God is good -ALL OF THE TIME! Enjoy your weekend ~ Gail ~

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    1. hmmm!! He is, Gail!
      have a good weekend too friend<3

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  20. STAMP STEALING!!!!

    i have seen your stamps with no watermark on pinterest

    http://pinterest.com/pin/119978777544280135/

    it won't let me report it but thought you should know x

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    1. thanks debs...I appreciate the watchful eye, lovely!!
      big hugs!!
      xx

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  21. Well, for starters thank for sharing sweetie! My coffee would be a black americano as I work for starbucks I seriously know how many calories are in each drink (it's not good!) so its a straight black for me or a green tea!
    I would tell you that I have been part of several conversations (or plans) as to what would happen during THE zombie apocalypse (yes it is going to happen and my friends have it all planned out!) they even know their route (via the gun store) to the supermarket car park which is up high so they can out wit the zombies ( I figured on staying in the car park and getting drunk I don't think I would be any good against a pack of zombies!)
    I would tell you that you are crazy for wanting another dog but I understand that craziness! Our husky ate through her collar this morning (I loved that collar) so now I have to look for another, less appetizing, one! But she is a bundle of fluffy goodness even though she ate through the TV ariel wire and has chewed her kennel to bits!
    I would tell you I have just made my next batch of Thai butternut squash soup it is sooo good I put the recipe on my facebook as so many requested it from me and it's only 170 cals a portion so its not too filling on the hips!
    I would tell you that I'm looking for some new boots, not the girlie high heeled type, but the sneaker type preferably with sparkle! I have a pretty dress for xmas which is black and teal with lots of sparkle and fits me oh so much better than a couple of years ago and I need shoes for it but I like to be comfortable so want sparkly sneaker boots! I would love to have your height (I'm a teeny bop at 5ft 3) but I still can't do heels well so I just don't bother!
    I would tell you that I'm all about jeans, combat trousers, sweaters and trainers (sneakers) I just don't do short skirts, heels, blouses etc sometimes I try, I honestly don't know why, but I fail, not because it doesn't look good but because I don't like it! So I have decided to stop trying and just be who I want to be and wear what I want to regardless of anyone else!
    I would also have to tell you that it's 9.42pm here and my baby 5 yr old boy just came downstairs to "stretch" his body on the sofa and whilst I have typed this he has totally fallen asleep like an angel behind me, wow I love him!
    Phew this is one long cup of coffee!
    Hugs Rebekah xx

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    1. i love this rebekah:)...you made me giggle- imagining you guzzling in the car!!! hahaha...so funny:). i agree with you about style-- you just gotta stick with what feels right! i have umpteen pairs of heels in my closet that i've never even worn. they are so annoying to walk in. i just want to look at them sitting pretty in my shoe shelf:).

      hope you have a lovely weekend! you got me wanting a starbucks coffee now!!
      mwah!! xx

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  22. Love all your pics! They're so sweet! About the breed - know someone in my town who breeds Mastiffs - her "baby" is about 120 lbs. right now and she talks about them ALL the time! Enjoy the rest of your day and weekend!

    Shannon

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    1. yeah, i am not a tiny dog person. i feel like i'd smoosh it or step on it:). the ambullneo mastiffs can get to 175 lb!! pretty sure no one would ever mess with us with that dog in the house!!! lol

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  24. What a lovely idea, thanks for coffee catch up lovely stories and beautiful pictures. You and your family are so beautiful. I want butternut squash soup now! I love dogs and we will get one eventually and maybe a zoo I'm a big animal fan! But we can't have pets in our flat my fiancés enough to look after at the moment! We really need to get back into church but still haven't found one for both of us where we live, my fiancé says I'll struggle to find what I'm looking for but I keep praying God will show me the way and we'll just know when were there. We are also saving for our wedding which is exciting but scary too so much organising to do! Thanks for sharing this, for all your freebies and tutorials, really enjoy your blog take care Holly. =]

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    1. eep! wedding planning sounds fun.stressful.awesome:)! good luck with that, Holly!

      and trying to find a church can be overwhelming. maybe you could ask a friend for a recommendation or something...it is such a good feeling to have a home church-- one that you love and are familiar with! i hope you find one soon! will be praying for you both!

      xx

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  25. girl, i keep hearing people talking it up about The Walking Dead - my fiance just got onto the bandwagon and can't stop raving about it! i am going to attempt to start watching this weekend - eeeek!

    p.s. you are so pretty, my friend!

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    1. ah! i'm so excited for you!!!!! you might want to make your sister watch with you. it is kinda scary!!! i've watched this past week's episode 3 times already. sick i tell ya.

      :)

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  26. Loving your pic's on your blog,.... sitting here.. should be creating, but sipping on a pump water bottle (trying to be healthy)... waiting for yummy chocolate chip biscuits coming out of oven ( oh who am I kidding LOL)... gotta love it when your 13 yr old want to bake... anyway.. been trolling through Kobo site to select what e books I want to read next.... need a trilogy or series.. any idea... mmaybe tthat could be your next post... "help Tracy pick post" LOL
    Hugs
    Tracy

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    1. lol!! will have to ask my hubs for suggestions. he reads constantly! i hardly ever read a novel :/ good luck with your search Tracy! :)

      xx

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    2. Hi Tracy depends what type of books your into? but I recently read Divine by mistake by P.C Cast. It was good, there are 4 in the series.
      :)

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  27. I pulled up a chair for a coffee and a catch up on Saturated Canary and your piccy's and posts, I'm normally a reader rather than a commenter! I love reading your stories and the kids are so so cute, so is the hubby lol! Love the shots of the shoes and laces too just brilliant! I loved the sweater thing too and you know Krista they will never grow out of that, my son is 27 in a week and still after a stressy day at work will come home and say he needs a snuggle and he always says 'you smell just like my mum!' wonderful memories to treasure. I also decided to comment today as I've found so many emails this morning that started 'Krista sent my Chrimbo Present!' it's gorgeous! I thought I just had to join you for a coffee and say a huge thank you for looking after my DT Girlies for me! Enjoy the fall and have fun with niamh & philly! Thanks for the coffee. Hugs Wendy (Woo) xx

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    1. Aw, Wendy-- I love that your son says that-- it is so funny!! My mom just melts when my younger brother snuggles next to her on the couch and hangs out a bit to just talk:). And he is 24:)...I guess boys just love their mamas in a special way!:)...

      hugs!

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  28. You new canine friend looks like part of the family already - now I wonder if the breed you have in mind might be something like a Boxer?
    As to me - R suggested (providing health allows) I go to Rhode Island to be CZT trained next year (my best crafting friend's mouth hit the floor & she was speechless - what? R let me out of his sight? Well - I have to have an iPhone so I can email him, a very minute by minute itinerary so he knows exactly where I am.......... I must know where the Security staff are & must introduce myself so if I get into trouble I can call for help........ I just am so touched that he's so protective but suggested I go.......... I KNOW God gave him to me.
    With much love to all of you
    Paula (PEP)

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    1. What!!?!!! Oh my goodness!!! that is so exciting!

      What a good man! And so sweet...He loves you so much!!! You can just tell<3
      I hope you DO go and have a blast!!!...

      Really thrilled for you Paula<3
      xx

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  29. Yeah Krista, I would really like to sit with you for an hour or ten to have coffee. I admire you so very much and we are similar and yet so very different. I'm older (not that much) but I envy how you have built your family and your business and just seem to have it totally together. I hate my job and if I had any talent I would try to do something with it and stay at home. I admire how you get so much comfort from your faith. I have tried but I just don't get it. I have lost so much that I can't get the faith thing going. You seem so centered and calm and I am scattered and feisty! I have a fabulous guy and you do too! You have two kids and I have none (staying that way)! I love your "stamps" but I can never get them "perfect" with the coloring. I could go on here for the next ten hours but it really would be better if we were in the same place!! LOL! Love your stuff so much and reading your blog is great!! I have one request also; could you do a boy and girl golfing. I would like them as two separate images but similar in size and "personality". My guy and I golf A LOT and I would love to use some of your images on my scrapbook pages of our golf adventures. Was that enough for now?? LOL

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    1. Wish we DID live close! I love to go golfing...but I think I would like to go more with a girl:)...I am always so nervous to go with Phil. I don't know why...Well...I use to have this terrible disease called I LAUGH AT BAD GOLF SHOTS :). I couldn't help myself...Everytime he hit it really bad, I could not keep the giggle down. I learned how to get over that after some not so happy golf trips!! haha....Anyways...

      I can;t get the coloring right either, girl! I am constantly humbles by others coloring of my images! I seriously don;t know how some people do it...the shading is so perfect. Don't be discouraged!! We are all learning and getting better with practice.

      And faith is a hard thing sometimes. My pastor once said, "faith is the refusal to panic." I love that...because I naturally want to panic over everything. And yet, God tells us to be still. And cast our cares on Him. He won;t always deliver us out of the storm in life...but he will deliver us THROUGH it. It is a constant learn gin process for me, too...trusting in Him. Fully.

      I hope you have a great weekend...and I will keep those image ideas in my folder;).
      Hugs!

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  30. Thanks for the invitation to grab a coffee I just sat down with a cup of tea so I decided I would leave a comment...most unusual for me. I love your dogs we have two Australian cattle dogs (red heelers) I like bigger dogs too. I worry with my girls and their friends even though my eldest has only just turned 5, girls can be so mean. We are in spring down here (Tasmania, Australia) so I am glad the weather is warming up. I have just started roller skating again which I haven't done for oh well 20 years (I am training with a roller derby team it doesn't appear to be any where near as scary as American Roller Derby). I have never seen Walking Dead but I will have to check it out. It was lovely chatting with you over a cuppa.
    Gretchen

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    1. Roller Derby! That sounds awesome! I love to roller skate:).
      Aren't cattle dogs those really smart ones?? I've looked at them before...Really lovely pups!

      And if you see this comment, Gretchen, please email me hun. You won a prize recently on my blog...and I can't figure out how to get ahold of you:). I left a comment on your blog, but don't think you saw it:).

      Hope you have a great week!
      xx

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  31. I'd tell you that I love big scary dogs too. ;-) And ones that aren't quite as big, but still apparently "scary" to some. I have a Staffie, so she's a big scary dog in a medium sized body! If we had room, I'd totally have a mastiff <3 It's a little chilly here, so my medium sized scary dog has wrapped herself up in a blanket, because she hates to be cold.

    I'd also tell you that life has been pretty up and down lately, challenging and at times utterly tedious, but that things are starting to look up.

    Aaaaaaand, that I'm having some relaxing fun colouring up SC images.

    Love the photos, especially the ones of the dogs!

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    1. Love the scary dogs cuz they are still so lovable!!
      I hope things stay good for you...and hope your coloring is relaxing. Funny how that can just calm a person down...sitting at the desk and doing something crafty!!

      Wish I could give you a big hug in person!!
      mwah.xx

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    2. They are! Scary looking but sweet underneath. :)

      Colouring SC images is always calming. All that hair is excellent therapy!

      Right back atcha! xx

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  32. Hi Krista,
    this is the first time we've had coffee together :)

    Its 8:50pm here in Adelaide Australia. I saw whispy in 'designed to color' publication and had to have her so in turn I also found you. Shes still sitting there naked... for 2 days... I think im going to have to make her A4, colour her and stick her to my wall :) Any way I love your Digi's! and so does my 3.5yr old daughter, I had to print her some images so she would leave mine alone (although hers usually get 'cut' out, scissors are her fav thing atm - that could also be because I bought her a purple pair - she loves purple).

    My daughter is my world and shes gorgeous and she knows it lol. Shes staying with her grandparents tonight and I'm feeling a little lost. Amazing how when it gets to the end of the week sometimes your just dying for a break and then as soon as they're gone you miss them terribly!

    I love your choice of dogs. When they are in a loving home and treated well most of the dogs that are 'scary' are just teddy bears! We used to have a bull terrier she was a beautiful dog xo

    sorry maybe its not an Australian thing, but what's the 'sack' your talking about?

    I really enjoy reading your blog, its nice to hear how someone on the other side of the world lives.
    Thanks for being you and sharing your family with me
    Hayley xo

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    1. lol...the sack is when a defensive player brings down the quarterback while he still has the football:).
      i forget sometimes that others might not know what some terms are!! sorry about that!:):)...it probably sounded really funny not knowing what i was speaking of!!! lol...

      your daughter sounds like a sweet little muffin!!
      i totally know what you mean, too, about them leaving for the night.
      i look so forward to going overnight with phil somewhere...and suppose to be all romantic and 'sexy'-- you know, cuz it is a date...and then i pull out two stuffed animals to snuggle in bed because i miss the kids so much!!! haha...I always bring their stuffed animals with me cuz I need to snuggle them or I'll cry!

      you made me smile so much:)...i hope you have a lovely week, my friend!
      xx

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  33. Big hugs to you my cyber-pal, I can't tell you how much joy reading your blog brings to my day. I've just sat here and read all 52 comments before mine and your beautiful replies to each and every one of them! You have a HUGE heart Krista and I'm not sure if you will ever truly know the massive positive impact your heart-warming, soul-revealing posts have on those who read them.

    I'd tell you I've swapped my Earl Grey tea with milk and sugar this year, for skinny milk latte's in an attempt to get my PCOS better under control. Who knew I could love coffee so much! I've always been curvaceous, but it's gotten way outta control since I had my two beautiful babba's. Some I'm hard out on Dukan. 22kg down and feeling pretty proud of me! I just look at my babes and that's all the inspiration I need to wanna take care of myself. A sweet tooth and crazy hours nursing worked some major damage on my body. Reading your posts on healthy living have really inspired me to be better in this area.

    I'd tell you that I'm stressed to my eyeballs right now trying to sell our house and get home to New Zealand. I just can't wait to be there now. 13 years in the UK and two British babies, but there's 'no place like home'! I'm bursting with excitement to get there! You and your beautiful crew have an open invite should you ever wish to visit my glorious homeland!

    I'd tell you that my crafting is my 'sweet escape' from whatever is troubling me and brings me such joy and comfort. I think I have officially over 50 of your stunning images on my desktop now. You have a mad talent girlie! What a gift!!

    I'd tell you oh so much more too, cause I reckon we'd hang for hours just chatting and 'being' in each others company. I value so greatly this 'blog-world' that I've discovered in this past year and all the joy it brings to my heart. Thank you girlfriend for all you give through your art and your heart!

    Huge love, Wends x

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    1. wow Nenny!! that is a huge move!!!! How exciting, though! I really hope it goes smoothly. i know here in the US, moving just one house over can be a hassle of paperwork and stress and such a 'process.' I can't imagine trying to move internationally!!...I will keep you guys in my prayers!!

      and congrats on your weightless!! wahoo!!! that is really exciting!

      and i would absolutely love to meet you. i just want to squeeze you with a big hug reading the sweet, thoughtful comments you leave! you are so dear...and if i can ever manage to overcome my fear of flying, maybe i'll head your way someday!!

      big huuuuuuuuge hugs!
      krista.xx

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  34. Hello lovely lady!
    I love your coffee posts! Lots of positive and amazing things! You and your hubby are beautiful persons with beautiful souls! And your kiddos are just the sweetest (that sweater thing is just too cute!) A church planting! Wow, that's big! ❤
    I did have a coffee on my table when I started reading your post but by the time I finished reading it, I completely forgot about it and it got cold! Not that I read that slow lol but your words and photos totally took all my attention and I even went back to some older posts to read them again:))

    So over a hit tasty coffee, I'd tell you that I miss my family and friends a lot these days (I live 1600kms from them) but I'm fortunate to have such a loving man by my side. I'd tell you I love my 2 Maine Coon cats (they are as big to cats as your breeds are to dogs) and there's nothing wrong with you wanting another breed :)I'm all the same here :)
    I'd also tell you that I'm still over the Moon about being amont the TOP 3 at SC challenge! Yay!
    And that I'm all for Zombies too (but not at night whem I'm home alone lol) Oh, and I would also tell you that I have never left such a long comment on any blog :)
    Have a fabulous weekend!❤
    Big hugs,
    Silvie xx

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    1. well, thank you Silvie for sharing a coffee with me...even if it did go a little chilly!! you are so adorable!! i know that living away from family is hard. i lived in sunny beautiful southern california when i got married, but moved all the way back to Jersey because I couldn't live without them...not even the sun and sand was enough to keep me away:)...

      I hope you get visiting in!! It sounds like a pretty big trip, but maybe you get to see them a few times a year??...

      And you totally deserve the Top 3 girl!! Your cards are ridiculous girl!!!!!! I drool a little over them:):).

      Thanks for leaving me a great comment-- totally made my day:).
      Hugs!!

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  35. Hi Krista, what beautiful and loving post to read! Ruby x

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  36. I'm another who looks forward to reading your blog so thank you for your daily offering. I've been really sad lately due to the death of my beloved husband in August but my sons and daughters in law have been a fantastic help to me in every way possible. They phone me most days and my son who lives about half an hour away has been here for the last few days decorating my sitting room. My husband and I used to get the decorators in and we had planned to decorate before Christmas. However, his illness made this impossible and when I decided to go ahead recently our youngest son said "I'll do it for you because now that Dad's not here you won't have as much money to spend". Our daughter in law agreed and so he's been down here on his days off making my sitting room look lovely. His wife has had to stay at home because they breed Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Candy is due pups on Tuesday. It will be her first litter and she may come early so Sarah will be there to assist if needed. I'm blessed to have such a lovely family and count my blessings most days. Enjoy your family and make the most of every single day. With love and many thanks, Hazel x

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    1. Hi, Hazel! Hope your decorating is going well for the holidays. I'm actually a retired party and holiday decorator and wishh I could be there to help! So sorry for your loss. Life is full of change and sometimes not what one would prefer, but so happy that you have such a loving family! Isn' that a true blessing. Be well~Terry Y.

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    2. Hazel, I am so sad for your loss. My grandfather passed away in September, and I worry for my grand mom so much. Not because I think she can't live by herself, but I know that she must feel lonely some days, without him there. I hope you feel Gods comfort in those moments, and I'm so glad you have such a supportive, loving family by your side!! Your son sounds like such a great man, and I am sure you are very proud of him!

      I hope the puppies arrive safe, too!

      God bless, friend.
      Big hugs,
      krista.xx

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  37. If we got to hang and have coffee, which I think we be super fun! I'd be doing some asking and telling, lol!
    I'd ask you to tell me all about that gorgeous new addition to your family!! What a beautiful dog!!
    I'd tell you I am totally stressed over my 13 year old son and how disrespectful and punkish he is to me, these days, it really breaks my heart, I know he is trying to find himself and test the waters of the world in everyway but the teen years are very tough on the teens and the parents.
    I'd tell you how proud I am of you to be going to St. Jude's Hospital and ask you how I can contribute again to this awesome cause?
    I'd tell you that my dog is a boxer rhodesian ridgeback and very protective of her family and we adore her but we really wish she would accept our sweet mailmam, Markie into our lives. No matter how sweet he is, she is not letting him in. Barks like a crazy wolf out the window everyday he delivers the mail. Fortunately he is a dog lover and has 2 himself so he is quite patient and understanding about her big vicious barks!
    And I'd tell you I am so excited to see some of your Christmas SC creations, they are always so inspiring and fun and your blog is awesome!!
    Love you girl!
    Have a fabulouso weekend!!!

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    1. Thank you Kristin!!! It s a funny thing, but the Christmas ones are my least favorite to draw...I don't know why, but they are always a challenge. I'm happy to hear you like them:)!!

      Your dog sounds kinda amazing!! I think it is really neat when a dog feels super protective of the family!

      Sorry to hear about the struggles right now with your boy. You know, i think we all go through different moments of that...I thought Niamh didn't like me at all for like two months when she was two. lol...My heart was broken. And it passed. Just a weird little stage. I imagine it is worse when they are older and can talk;)...but I am positive he loves you bunches and will look back someday and feel bad for giving you a run for your money! Boys can be like that, huh!?...But they always have a soft spot for their mamas.

      I hope you have a really good week, Kristin...Thank you for sharing a little piece of your heart with me. That means a lot!

      Hugs, Krista.xx

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  38. Hello there,Krista! I came upon your blog by chance and found a refreshing read full of open positive and honest thoughts. I LOVE your bio. You are a natural writer. You must have a hint at how your thoughts touch people by the long comments you have on your site! Like I said, I think people find you refreshing and approachable. Aren't those wonderous traits to have?!? Be well, Terry Y.

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    1. Terry, that is such a lovely thing to read:). You really blessed my heart! Thank you for being so gracious and sweet!!

      Hope you have a great week!
      xx
      Krista

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  39. Your kids seem to be growing up right before my eyes! Young Philly is turning into a young 'man', and Niamh is such a little lady. Today I am writing from the tundra cold state of MN where my 2 grown kids live and my daughters family. She has 2 boys, 10 and 16 months, and wants 3 more, with hopefully at least one girl. She turns 30 next May and is such a good mom--I just love watching her raise and teach her kids. She is so much more patient than I was as a mom. She has so much on her plate with working full-time, back to college half-time, and her hubby and boys to take care of. And she does it with so much calmness and patience. It is amazing. We went to the pumpkin patch today--colder than my frig back home in Florida. We fed apples to the cows--slobbering tongues coming out as the baby squealed when he thought his big brother was going to get ate. And I am also visiting my son, a self-made business man, almost 32 and has made millions already. I'm so proud of him! Nine months ago he made a life change and he lost 37 pounds--he looks amazing! He works out and eats healthy--so different that his past habits. He started 3 businesses so far, and wants to build a health food store next. I am so proud of him! I miss my kids and grandkids so much when I am in Florida, and my daughter always tries to get me to move back to MN, but the cold is excruciating for me--I just can't stand it for more than a few days. And there is not enough sunshine up here--I love my sunny days in the south! I brought gifts up when I came, a book for my older grandson--Hunger Games. I started reading it on the flight up and couldn't put it down. This boy is addicted to reading and so smart! I will be on the plane in about 48 hours to fly south--miss my hubby and my 4 fur babies. I have conflicts inside about missing whoever I'm not with. I wish my kids and families lived close to me in FL. I would be the happiest mom/nana in the world!!! But I still feel so blessed that my family is pretty 'normal'. I guess I did a pretty decent job raising 2 kids all my myself--yes, I am proud of myself, too.... :)

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    1. What a fun visit!! And YES!!! You did something VERY right, my friend!! You must feel like bursting with pride<3<3<3...Good for your son losing weight and being an entrepreneur! I am always so inspired by people like that who build businesses and success from the ground up!! And your daughter sounds like a super hero! lol... very busy and yet so attentive and loving...sounds kind like her mom, huh?!:):)...

      i hope you have safe travels home...and i think FL would agree with me more, too. i told phil i want to live there, but he can't stand the humidity:)...and i'd miss the family too much, anyways.

      have a wonderful week and thanks for taking a moment out of your time to talk over coffee;)...hugs!!!

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  40. Mmmm, coffee! I'd tell you I can't do "proper" coffee any more - it's decaf or tea for me.... and I miss proper coffee; though I like not being even more of a stress-head than I have to be, and getting at least some sleep, so it' decaf for me - who knew you could develop a caffeine intolerance in your forties?! I'd tell you that I love to read about your gorgeous family as it brings back so much of when my kids were young, and I was everything to them. I'd tell you that we are still very close, that they still clearly love me, but that we have done the right thing and let them develop "other" love-of-their-life relationships... and I'm a teensy bit jealous! I'd tell you how absolutely overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness I am to my son and daughter in law that they are going to "give" me grandchildren - after being together for 11 years and letting me believe it would never happen... and how scared I am that they will make my first grandchild a double whammy, yup, TWINS! How worried I am for them, and how they will cope (you never stop worrying about that sort of thing no matter how old they are), and how will I love two babies equally and will I be up to the task of guiding and assisting them. How my heart aches that my gorgeous youngest son, so bright and sensitive and loving will never have kids of his own. I'd also tell you that I LOVE your dogs, and that if you want a little dog with a big-dog attitude you need look no further than a Jack Russel Terrier, and that renovating your house while running your own business going into that business' busiest time of the year probably only SEEMED like a good idea ("I want it finished before the twins arrive") I'd also say thanks for the great digis, the freebies and the un-freebies, lol, that have such a wistful appeal to me, and thanks for your chatty posts that show me that even though half a world separates us you could be living next door.... except for the autumn thing, it's spring here - 35C today which is 90-something-F - I LOVE autumn and as I struggle my hot-flushing way through menopause I view spring and it's promise of summer to come with some dread.... I'll just have to continue to read my Northern Hemisphere fellow-bloggers autumn laden posts with envy! Enjoy that pumpkin soup (my fave of all faves!) Donna xx

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    1. Donna!!!
      Twins!!...Oh my goodness:)...That was probably an amazing and wonderful SURPRISE!!:):):):)...
      I wish your family the BEST! I hope your DIL has a safe and uneventful pregnancy! I am so excited for you:)...

      Thanks for your kind, encouraging words, too...I am so happy you like my digis.

      Have a lovely week!! Thanks so much for sharing<3<3<3!
      xx
      Krista

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  41. Popped back for another peek, to see if you'd put a new blog post up and was just loving all the pics again. Forgot to tell you over coffee, that I loooove that special captured moment between Philly and Niamh. How cute is he in that shot hugging his big sis?!! I see rare moments like that between my two babes, but I'm never camera ready! She's too cute in her pink sweater too. Sunday hugs, Wends xxx

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    1. hehehe...he is very 'huggy'!!
      he snuggles up to her for movie in my bed, too...and i find them all wrapped up together fallen asleep:). love that:).

      xx

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