5.30.2012

The Morning Captain America and I Almost Went to Fisticuffs...and A Mikarose Giveaway!!

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Phil woke me up at 4am this morning.

Asking if I "heard the men's voices outside around 3 o'clock...and again just now??"  

I checked my sleep planner.  Nope.  I had been sleeping.  At 3 and 4am.  
Actually, I jumped out of bed.  In a little bit of a panic.  

Because evil men were outside our house.  
Planning something awful, for sure.

We crept around in the dark for 10 minutes.  From window to window.  I checked the house bottom to top, just to be sure no one was actually inside.  Phil was going to leave in less than an hour for work, so I told him I was gonna move the kids into the living room.  Camp out there till morning, because I can hear everything in the house from that room.

Phil decided to take a walk around the house outside, to double check for the men.zombies.monsters.  whatever was talking.planning.plotting outside our home.

I sat on the couch.  Waiting.  And then I heard them.  
Muffled.  
Assertive.
And definitely a man's voice that was not my husband's.

I did what any gentle-hearted, quiet, shy woman would.  I ran to the kitchen and opened the knife drawer.  Grabbed three of our biggest cutting utensils.  I figured the two in one hand thing would be extra scary. And headed outside.

Phil came around the house just fine.  I told him I heard them.
Just now.  
I think he asked me why I was holding two knives in one hand.  
Said that I really only needed one knife for the whole operation.
I would have better control that way.
"You can't be swinging around three knives."
Marines.

Anyways, we headed back in the house.  Niamhy was standing in the living room, wondering what we were doing outside in the dark holding knives.  I told her we needed to move into the living room, because dad might have heard someone outside.

She smiled.
That, Really? Really, guys? smile.

"That was Philly's Captain America under the pillows.  
He's been talking all night."

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Well.
Captain America was decommissioned from service this morning.
He will never talk again.  

Sorry big guy.  

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Now, about my dress:).

It is from Mikarose, an online shop filled with pretty and easy to wear women's clothing.  The cothing line is centered around modesty, a re-invented modesty that is:).  It isn't stuffy or ridiculously old-fashioned. All the pieces are pretty and tailored and stylish.  Who knew a girl could be modest and stylish:).  I'm wearing the Bailey in slate.  It was rainy today, and this dress went as well with my rain boots as a pretty pair of flats.  

It's perfect:).

Mikarose is giving offering one reader a $50 gift card to their online shop!  
(Open to US and Canada residents only.)

Here is what you can do to enter the giveaway!

*You must be a follower of Saturated Canary
*You must leave a comment with your favorite Mikarose piece.

Extra Entries--

*Pin your favorite item from their online shop.

**Leave separate comments for each, so you get more chances to win!**
Giveaway ends Sunday, June 3rd.

Good luck girls!  
xx

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shoes/ Blowfish

If you are The Scrapping Factory, you just won a pair of Blowfish shoes, girl!!

Please email me to claim your prize!!
xx

5.28.2012

An Old Story Made New.

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headband c/o Pretty Little Maniac

I've been reading The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller.  It was recommended to Phil and I by our [former] assistant pastor.

For all the years of Christian school education, faithful Sunday School attendance, and a Christ-centered up-bringing, I have never seen salvation (or myself, my own heart) like this book is revealing as I flip through its pages.

It is a tiny book.
An 'easy read.'
Deceptively small in content.
149 pages and hardly the size of my hand.

In the book, Keller tells that old, old story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32).  I must have heard it 100 times before. I know the story inside out.  Or so I thought.

As I've gone through the pages (and I'm not quite done yet), I've realized I missed the whole point of Jesus' parable to the pharisees.  I didn't realize the focus of the story is as much on the older son as it is on the youngest.  More than that, I never realized he was hugely at fault.  If anything, I think I identified with his feelings of entitlement.

I know that out of the two, I'm that elder brother.  I think my whole life, I've tried to control God by obeying him.  I've lived out my faith in fear and mis-trust.  Trusted in my actions/faith/works to bring me what I deserve and keep me from getting what I don't deserve, what I fear.

Fear.  I hate the feeling, but know it well.

This beautiful book is making a clear argument for my lack of trust and hope and joy in my Father.

It hasn't been easy to read, after all.
It kinda made me uncomfortable.
And maybe even a little mad at times.

But that is a good place to be in your faith.
Comfortable isn't growing.  
It's stagnant.
And luke-warm.
It isn't passionate.  It isn't moving.  It isn't heaven-bound.

I'm so thankful for being presented with an old, well known Bible story in a complete and real way.  It has put my own faith, salvation, and human existence in a new light altogether.

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"The choice before us seems to be to either turn from God and pursue the desire of our hearts, like the younger brother, or repress desire and do our moral duty, like the older brother.  But the sacrificial, costly love of Jesus on the cross changes that.  When we see the beauty of what he has done for us, it attracts our hearts to him.  We realize that the love, the greatness, the consolation, and the honor we have been seeking in other things is here.  

The beauty also eliminates our fear.  

If the Lord of the universe loves us enough to experience this for us, what are we afraid of?  To the degree we "see his beauty", we will be free from the fear and neediness that creates either younger brothers or older brothers. "

~The Prodigal God

5.25.2012

Well This is Fintastic.

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I probably have said it 50 times before, but the beach is my favorite place in the world.  I love the sand.  The sounds.  The smells.  I love it any time of year, but most of all during summer.  When we go home sandy and tired.  And all conk out for a couple hours in the late afternoon.  It's always the best day of the week.  Beach Day.  So, I thought it deserved a Smash page, especially since I'm super excited that it's just around the corner.

You might notice that new digi, too:).  It's my soon-to-be-released 'Fintastic' stamp.  I got the idea when Phil put on Jaws this week.  I think it's perfect for a fun, light-hearted card.

Hope your Saturday is full of color and happiness!
xx

Thankfulness

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Thursday was a day

You know 'em, too, probably.  Errands, bills, doctor's appointments.  Not a lovely day per say.

We had tears because of a doctor's needle.  Then some giggles about big butts.  Because that is always the cure for needle tears:).  Really, tears of any description.  Big butts.  That's the cure, friends.  

You add in a little booty shaking after the doctor exits the room, and you walk out with happy kids.  Kids that convince other kids in the waiting room that there is a parTAY goin' on back in those doctor rooms:).

There were missed phone calls.  Crying over a squished teddy bear.  Emails backing up into my next lifetime.  A car wash that had me sweating through my shirt, which is always really sexy.  Also, I must have had a magnet for (white) dog hair on my black leggings, because I was covered in it.  Also.  Really sexy.

I don't know that my attitude is always 'I'm thankful for this day.'  And yet, God is so gracious.  He gives me a tiny moment with my family that makes a forgettable day pretty sweet.  And shows me that not everything is always going to be easy or enjoyable; but there is still joy to be had.  Little blessings and smiles and memories.  Memories that turn forgettable into treasured.

Like sharing peanut butter and jelly water ice with Philly.  It's a new flavor at Rita's Water Ice by our house.  We both were freaking out.  It tasted like a frozen PB&J, guys!  Okay.  That sounds gross-- but take my word for it: heavenly.  

Niamh and I making a come-back in a before-dinner-wiffle-ball game from a 0-6 score, winning over the boys (whoop! whoop!) 8-6.  

Watching Niamh and Philly love on their cousin, Reese.  Holding her hand on the step.  Putting their arm around her shoulder.  Loving her like a sister.  

And ending a day in bird nests.  Blankets and pillows made into circles on my bed.  Perfect for kids to watch a new movie, all snuggled down into.  "Mom, can you make me a bird nest?" Bird nests are our thing.

Each morning we say our prayers on the way to school. And I always thank the Lord for a 'new day.'  And sometimes I forget about that thankfulness by 10am.  And even in my grumbling and sweaty shirt and doggy pants, God graciously gives me beautiful moments.  And I get to end one of those days with a heart full of thankfulness.

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Happy Friday, lovelies.

xx

5.23.2012

Blowfish Shoes Giveaway!!

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shoes/ c/o Blowfish. skirt and belt/ Target. tee/ Victorias Secret. 

I am really finicky about my shoes.  

That being said, I love shoe shopping. And when I find an amazing brand, I will buy my favorites in every possible color.  I even have the doubles of favorite shoes boxed up.  So, when I'm 60, I can still be rocking my all time faves:).  (I do think Niamh might snag those stowed away shoes as a teen.  I'm okay with that too:)...How awesome would that be-- my shoes turned vintage:).

When the girls at Blowfish contacted me for this giveaway, I was so excited to choose a pretty pair!

When I received my new shoes, I loved them.  Like, buy-them-in-every-color loved them.  The first time I wore my new Tilde Wedges, I was walking on cloud nine-- literally, because I got more than a few 'OH! love those shoes!' from perfect strangers.  (Is there a better complement in the world??)  Anyways, I did go back and get them in the purple and black, too.  And somehow the cute wedges above made it into my basket before I checked out.  

They are all so super comfy.  I'm pretty sure they are the perfect 'mom shoes'.  I can still run in them ( I already put this to the test bolting out of the house when Philly started crying hysterically outside.  Spider on the door knob looked him in the eye, apparently:)...Anyways, they are stylish and practical and super pretty. I'm hooked.

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Blowfish Shoes is offering one lucky girl (must be located in US) a pair of her choice!

Here is how to enter for chance to win!

*Hop on over to the Blowfish Shop and then leave me a comment with your favorite pair!
*You should be a follower of Saturated Canary.

And for more and more chances:)...


You should leave a separate comment for each to maximize your chances:)...(Open until Monday, May 28)

Thanks for stopping in today!  
Good luck!
xx

5.22.2012

Celebrate Summer FREEBIE and a Sneak Peek!

Happy Tuesday!

I will start with the sneak peek:).  

Isn't she lovely?  I don't know if I like her more as a princess or bride...But either way, she deserves a 'Double Take.'  I will be releasing new summer digis June 1st!  Perfect for summer-inspired coloring!

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And to kick off summer, because it is my very, very favorite time of year, I have a free digital download for you!  I think she looks like she is at the carnival.  Or maybe an outdoor party.  Her name is 'Ava' and she can find her way to your desk by clicking on the thumbnail at the bottom of the post.

Before clicking to download her, 
**please be a follower of my blog 
(click 'join this site', top left sidebar.  It is the best way to stay up-to-date on all my artwork and releases!)

**You can also like the Saturated Canary Facebook page to see everyone's SC creations!

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And before I go, I have last week's winners to announce!!  Woohoo!

if you are Iba, you just won the Shabby Apple giveaway!!  Please email me to claim your prize, friend!!

if you are DesiLee or Skated, you just won a $10 Freckled Fawn gift certificate!

And finally, Mary C, you have won the $25 gift voucher to the Saturated Canary digi shop!!  Please email me to get your new digis!:)

And for everyone...here is your digi to celebrate the beginning of summer:)...


Enjoy!
xx

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