Friday, August 29, 2014

Flamingo Inspiration for Giselle's First Birthday Party Part 2


This  darling book was a perfect inspiration for a flamingo birthday

I shared about the flamingo inspiration for our little Lady's first birthday party here
Here are a few more elements that led me to create this sweet event for Giselle. 
I totally judged this book by its cover! I am so glad I did because I was blown away by the beautiful illustrations when I opened it! This wordless picture book is a bout a little girls and her graceful flamingo friend that together explore friendship through synchronized dance. 
 Find a way to get your hands on it you will love it! 
The flamingo printable came from The Tomkat Studio. She has the cutest birthday party ideas!


Looking for an invitation can be daunting because there are so many and you could spend a fortune! Of course on Pinterest the ideas abound. Check out my Pinterest board
 I wanted something classy and simple and I was able to create this one on picmonkey based on an invitation I saw on Pinterest. I love picmonkey and the awesome projects I am able to create on this website for free!
I loved how this invitation turned out. It was so fun getting to share it with our friends and family!
Party post coming soon! Thank you in advance for following along on this fun adventure!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Gracefully Daisy

Flamingo Inspiration for Giselle's First Birthday

I love how sometimes the story of our life interweaves and catches us by surprise. 
The picture below was taken on our honeymoon. We sat in a hammock swinging in the breeze on a private beach that captivated us. A flock of graceful flamingos inhabited the island only adding to the charm of this beach. 
Aruba- Dec 2007
Fast forward 2 years after this scene became a part of our happy memory bank. I was pregnant with our first and attended a class for work that was about restoring our spirit of care. We were taught many ways  on how to rediscover the reason we were nurses. One of the activities was to draw our happy place. A drawing that we could use to go to and escape or just draw strength from. So you guessed it I drew this happy scene. it became my happy place and I took it with me to my delivery and displayed it in my room while I labored; drawing strength and peace from it. 

 3 more years pass. I didn't take this picture to my second delivery, not sure why. But we are blessed with sweet Giselle and way too fast her first birthday approached. As I looked for inspiration for her first birthday I was drawn to pink and gold. In come these cute mocs by Faas Design I couldn't pass them up and I bought them way before her birthday and again thought maybe for her birthday I can do something with gold. Now, as the summer approached I began seeing pink and gold everywhere and decided yes, pink and gold it is! Then on my IG feed I saw this sweet deal for the cutest pink flamingo shorts and head band and then it all started to come together in my head. I envisioned baby Giselle wearing this sweet outfit to experience her birthday cake and to hear all her family loving her as they sang Happy Birthday. I could see the colors coming together to create a special atmosphere in which this sweet baby would love and be loved- for first birthdays only happen once.

head band littlebigdreamers * Gold Mocs Faas Design* shorts Lil Sugarlamb
Ok, maybe I'm getting a little sappy, sorry. But then it hit me this theme fits right along with our little family! Flamingos have been inspiring our sweet little family since our honeymoon. How perfect that my mind even gravitated to these flamingo shorts because they carry the tune played 7 years ago sitting on that hammock swinging in the breeze of joy. So our little family celebrated this beautiful baby and praised God for allowing these little surprises add to our happiness bank. ( I will post her birthday party post soon.)

Gracefully Daisy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

(in)RL Virtual Conference 2014





(in)Courage has been such a blessing to my life since I discovered them online!
Last year I signed up for the conference online and attended by myself at home.
I had a great time being encouraged on my own but
this year I was yearning for some girl time with friends. 
So I sent out an invitation and prayed for the Lord to meet with us!
And He met with us because He is faithful!


My friend Leah said, "I had a great time. It was refreshing and encouraging."
There were a total of 4 and that was perfect. The Lord promises that when there
are two or more gathered in His name, he is there. We were able to personally 
share our stories a little bit a time, creating a beautifully safe place that challenged us to 
act out our faith. 

Here is a glimpse of our night and the yummies we shared!





I loved hearing this quote, " God puts the extra in my ordinary and makes it extraordinary." 
I also love how Lisa Leonard defined community, " True community is when we come together and we're real with each other. " And this is in fact what happened we were in true community and it was beautiful, refreshing and encouraging. We are planning to meet again soon and complete the craft together. One of the Hosts on Facebook shared this idea- to have everyone write down one thing they took away from the conference and then mail it to them! We did this and I can't wait to mail them! We are looking forward to next years already! thank you (in)Courage for blessing us with a place to share our stories!




Gracefully Daisy

Friday, February 14, 2014

A dreamy valentine's day





Our little family woke up today in all smiles and wishing each other happy Valentine's day! 

I woke up before everyone because I had a dreamy breakfast planned. It all started with a picture of these cute crispy Kreme donuts! 

Then I got in the mail Giselle's mobile pieces and they were perfect to display.

One thing lead to another and when the boys came out of the room they were welcomed by this sweet breakfast table. 
We exchanged valentines and read the book I gave Sammy.
Sammy picked the heart shaped donut with sprinkles and then told us which donut he wanted each of us to pick.

These are the sweet valentines Sammy handed out this year paired with Swedish fish- aren't they adorable! 

I hope your day was sweet and dreamy too! Hugs and kisses! 

Here is Giselle holding the valentine Sam gave her- so cute! 
Our little family just loved each other as they only know how but today it was even sweeter! So blessed to have them! "We love because he loved us first." 1John 4:19

Monday, February 10, 2014

Little lady chic styling

So I recently discored www.taylorjoelleblog.com and her awesome online boutique. This week she is running a contest  for styling her lace spring dress and I am having way too much fun! Of course joyfolie.com has so much cute stuff to work with as well! 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Grace Leads to Joy!

Well, I couldn't even catch the tail end of the month of October I feel like it just blew by! ( It really did with  a storm that sported 30+ mile winds during my tomato sauce cooking time- that started right when I was settling down to write this post-such is life) 
I so longed to share my heart over these 31 days and I am glad to have shared at least a few with you. although I was not able to maintain the writing part for 31 days, believe me these were 31 days of graceful becoming. Every single day grace was in the fore front and it carried and continues to carry me.
there was the day of no napping from my little guy in which grace poured out of me-not as easily as I want to extend it but growth was definitely experienced. 

or the long days spent working on a project for the girls ministry at church when Sam was at his grandma's house and all I wanted to do was nap. ( another grace moment within- oh what a blessing my sweet mother in law is! she has taken Sam at least once a week for the last few weeks and Giselle and I have been able to spend time alone...(sigh)...)  Grace took over those days in person through my friend and mentor who supports and prays for me and is not afraid to get in the trenches with me. 

how sweet to share the Grace of God through the Philippians bible study with the gals from work, those days have truly refreshed my soul! 

Oh my sweet husband how he extends grace to me everyday! a constant reminder of what it means to serve like Jesus! I pump in the mornings before Giselle wakes up ( i must insert another grace moment here for my champion sleeping beauty sleeps 12 hours everyday! ) so, my dear Josh makes sure that all of the supplies I need are cleaned and sterilized for the morning. wow! 

I know what your thinking...why is she up right now! actually I'm not so sure myself! 

one thing I am sure of: His grace is enough! 
I get to go back to work this Sunday, but I'm not ready.
I was expecting a longer time off-but God's timing is not mine thankfully because His is better!
I sound positive but at moments today I struggled. I wanted to question and stew but I decided to sing instead. The only way this happened was because of what I have been learning and living this month his grace enough! 

One trend I do see is that we were never created to experience grace on our own! 
We were created for relationship not only with our creator but also with our friends and family! Oh my what a beautiful community of friends has The Lord blessed me with! I love the way we can do community these days even when we are not close to each other! I have even participated in a cyber book club with dear Marie from baking chic! I have met new friends on Instagram by coming together to help others ( i am so excited about sharing more on this soon)! Truly the closer we draw to him the closer He draws to us just as he promised-and out of that the closer he brings to us those

we are meant to strive on this journey with! 

Many blessings and may the Lord's grace suprise you and overwhelm you as it has me! 

a glimpse into my life...

picture courtesy of Samuel Benjamin Photography



another graceful becoming reminder!