Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Flowers, French fruit crate and the best gift of all...

I already told you about how my husband bought me my dream camera for Christmas.
As if that wasn't enough, he said that God spoke to his heart to give me a love note
 with some sort of gift for the 12 days leading up to Christmas.
One day he gave me the beautiful flower arrangement seen above.
Another day he gave me a gift card to use at one of my favorite antique malls.
There I found this French fruit crate...
the wooden crate that is the one I've wanted for forever in my crazy wood box/tote/caddy obsession.
This morning, on this second day of the New Year, 
I've had some quiet time to reflect and to do some work on my 2013 calendar.
I decided that today was the day,
I needed to decide if I was really going to jump, and register for this retreat.
I've been procrastinating about it because...
I won't really know anybody there...
(I will have some blogger friends there, and one that I met face to face once, 
but no one that I really know if you know what I mean.)
What if I'm the only unpublished writer there...
What if I'm the oldest unpublished writers there...
That's a lot of money to spend on myself with the registration, lodging and flight...
I'll be by myself, with people I don't really know, far away from home...
Excuses, excuses, excuses.
Every few days, the Hubs would ask, 
"Have you signed up yet?
You should go!
This will be good for you!"
And so today, I signed up.
I'm thinking that the love and encouragement my husband gave me to do something I wanted to do,
 but was afraid to do,
 may be the best gift he's given me of all.

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  1. You are so brave. You are going to have a blast. Your husband is such an encourager. God bless him. Your 2013 is going to be WONDERFUL.

  2. So precious! I'm excited for you!

  3. Yeah... I am super excited for you...I am going too! How exciting... I know God has HUGE things for us! And to make you feel better, I am NOT published and have no real desire to be published, so seems like you are one step ahead of me :) I am excited you took the leap of courage.

    1. I just saw your comment and published it, woohoo! Silly blogger looses things in the mail ALL the time. I do moderate my blog too, simply because of spam, and not nice people ;)Super excited to meet you too and put a face with a blog!

  4. I love the way your hubby encourages and loves you! His gifts to you are priceless. You are so blessed, dear friend. I'm a blessed lady, too! I can't wait to hear all about the retreat and more of your 'doings'. Soon, OK?

  5. Good for you go for it.

  6. It's wonderful to have a husband who is such an encourager! What sweet gifts!!
    Mary Alice

  7. What a sweet season you've had...and I'm sure you will enjoy the retreat. Can't wait to hear about it!

  8. I have been reading a book by Ronda Rich and she wrote about the very things you wondered about. She is a great one for cheering a person on to do their dreams at any age. She gives examples of many famous people that started out just like you and at ages just like yours. I am glad that you are going and it will be worth every penny spent.

  9. God puts Barnabas in our path for a reason. I happen to have married one too. I love the 12 days of Christmas gifts, and I really love it that he encouraged you to go for it with the retreat.

    I want to go to one this year, too. I am waiting (make that LOOKING)for God to direct me as to which one and where and when.

  10. I am happy for you, this is going to be a very special retreat, Deidra told me about it a long time ago and I couldn't make it work out financially and also just being brave enough to go alone. Good job, you are going.

  11. How wonderful that your husband encourages you! Mine complains that I take pictures while he is cooking or we are about to sit down to dinner:) I assume you mean Haven. I just looked into it and it is too much $$$ for me to spend right now. I encourage you to meet Yvonne of Stone Gable. She is the sweetest person and a friend of mine. I hope you enjoy the conference. I wish I could go cause I am SO CLUELESS when it comes to blogging, I am very computer illerate!!! Just tried how to add a link to my blog post and can't figure THAT out. I am pitiful:):) I LOOOOVE the crate, it is fabuloys. Sorry to ramble. XO, Pinky

  12. Super cute....found you via TidyMom party....I love your site....following you now : )
    Deana @ CountryMommaCooks

  13. That is so sweet of your husband and You will LOVE the retreat! That french fruit crate is STUNNING!

  14. Oh my goodness, it sounds like you're blessed with such an amazing and supportive husband. Don't let your worries get the best of you. I'm sure you'll have a great time at that retreat and you'll find that there are people there sharing your same fears. I love that crate!!

  15. I love the crate. It's so cute, and I also love the name of your blog. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  16. I am so proud of YOU!! You are going to be such a blessing to these people that you meet at the retreat!! XXOO

  17. How exciting for you, Elizabeth! You've started out with a bang! So happy that you stopped by. And glad you like my calico table. So different for me I think. I hope your New Year is wonderful!

  18. I love the crate, it is adorable! Good for you on the decision to go! What a wonderful time away just for you!

  19. what a wonderful post,and a wonderful husband! Love the fruit crate, and isn't it just the best when are husbands encourage us? I'll be featuring your post tomorrow on Be Inspired!

  20. I'll be there, too! SO excited to meet you there! Way to jump in!

  21. What lovely gifts ;-) I say if it wasn't a little nerve racking than it would take the excitement right out of it. Then what fun would that be? Dive in!

  22. You are truly blessed! I also am blessed with such a good man!


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