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Coat Rack Repurpose Outside Easel

Outside Easel
Outside Easel at The NashPad.

Got this coat rack at Goodwill, was baby blue with white snowflakes all over it.

Letting the journey show through while giving it repurpose.

Kind of like me. 💞

*Posting the process and progress of the coat rack (not me) under the Create tab. 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day Shirley Sue!

That Smile. I miss that smile Shirley Sue!
That Smile. I miss that smile Shirley Sue!

It was Mother’s Day today. Living with mom and dad for the 15 months during the divorce opened our relationship more than it ever had been. Mom and I have always been close. But marriage kind of sucked me in, which of course it should. But it wasn’t until the divorce and now months after that I have realized just how much of my life was tucked away. One of the blessings during the divorce was that I was with my mom and dad. Night and day, day and night in a small condo. She cooked my meals, she held me, cried with me, checked on me, lifted me, watched me endure the most challenging season of my life. It became her most challenging as well. Today I just want to see that smile again, That joy on her face. That freedom in her body language. I do know that God is at work in her life and she is recognizing it. That is ultimately worth it all. It is a mother’s greatest gift for her children to know their Savior, Lord, God. At least it is for me. Today, it is a daughter’s greatest give. Thank you Lord, for what you are doing in her life and in my dad’s. Happy Mother’s day Shirley Sue.

I Love You, Always!


How can I embrace the season I am in.

Mom’s roosters fill her home. Around every corner to greet me. Now I want real ones!

I’ve always looked at my life through seasons. Some simply say, this is a tough season or a season of blessings. My seasons tend to overlap and get messy. The overlapping also provides the opportunity to see the blessings no matter what season I am in. Seeing the blessings in a season has never been enough for me. For me it is finding how to to actually ’embrace’ the season.

Looking at the word, Embrace

accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.”besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology”synonyms: welcome, welcome with open arms, accept, take up, take to one’s heart, adopt

Accept. That’s a biggie. You did not ask for this season. This heartache, financial concerns, loss of a loved one, divorce. Yet we need to come to the place of acceptance. With the word embrace, it even says to do so willingly, enthusiastically. To take to one’s heart. There it is. The heart. That’s where He is. That’s where He meets us.

Noelle Mena
A worn ragged quilt that soothes both my skin and soul. Pretty china bowls with my favorite cereal. iPad Air follows me everywhere. It’s the little things. Surround me with them.

As I sit here in my 70 year old mom’s, comfy creme recliner in the dark, cool corner of her bedroom and write this, I’m embracing the moment. Divorce is something that was never said in our house. Not growing up and not in my own 24 year marriage. But here I am. All of my belongings packed up into storage and staying at my mom’s house. Sharing a tiny bedroom with my daughter. All of my comforts piled on top of each other in storage rooms with concrete floors and garage doors. I am someone who creates atmosphere every where I am. For me, for my family. There is no room for atmosphere as my daughter and I try to contain ourselves to this tiny room. It takes every inch to just hold what we brought for our lives the past 3 months and the next 3 months.

But, I’m choosing. I’m embracing. And He is blessing.

What can I do, right here where I am? Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually.

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