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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tough Days Are Tough

I've found myself recently repeating the words "You matter! You're allowed to have bad days! Give yourself a break!".  Some days are just bad days and I've had a lot of them recently.  Getting stuck in this mood or this mindset that no matter what I do the day will still be a bad day...which simply isn't true. 

Beginning of last year, I was going through some tough things and I needed something to give me little glimmers of hope to keep me going, so I created a 'Don't Give Up Now' jar. I filled it with all of my favorite uplifting quotes and a few Bible verses too.  I would start my days off with prayer and a quote from this jar, focusing on whatever the quote was, reminding myself that today is what I make it...good or bad I had the control and got to choose the outcome.  Some days were harder than others and I would pull multiple quotes out of my jar throughout the day.  

It's been over a year, recently I've had some struggles and road blocks pop up in my life and I found myself forgetting about my 'Don't Give Up Now' jar so I needed a new plan.  I sifted through my notebook of quotes (Yes, I have a notebook full of my favorite quotes.) wrote some down on index cards, and decided to hang them up.  I figured that if I could wake up in the morning and see these quotes hanging in my room, constantly reminding me that I matter and I have control over the outcome of my days, that I would have a more positive mindset...so far it's helped! 

I wanted to share my method of fighting the bad days, in hopes that it may help someone else battle those no good days! :) 

Things You'll Need: 

Sharpies, markers, or pens (or all three!) 

Index cards, scrapbook paper (I like this option because the patterns add a fun twist!), or just regular paper. 

A jar. (for your 'Don't Give Up Now' jar)

Or string, thumb tacks, and mini clothes pins. (All of these can be found at your local craft store, I got mine at Hobby Lobby.) 

How To: 

I started by finding uplifting, positive quotes and writing them on the backs of the index cards (Pinterest is a great way to find quotes), switching up the colors I was using, also switching between cursive and printing. After I finished writing on them I snapped a few photos for this blog post *grins*, cut off the excess paper, and hung them up.  If you're creating a 'Don't Give Up Now' jar you can cut off the excess paper, then fold the pieces up, and put them in your jar! This way it's a surprise every time you pull a quote out of the jar! :) 






Not only do you know have an adorable little accessory for your bedroom, but I do honestly hope that this helps some of you battle those no good days. Always, remember that you are important. You are wanted. You matter. It's just a bad day, not a bad life!  

Love you all, 
Alyssa 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Heart Attack Fund-raiser

A momma friend of mine used this fund-raiser when they adopted their sweet daughter.  The outcome was beautiful (you'll see why in a moment), and they were able to raise money to bring their little girl home.  They asked friends, and family to donate $1 towards their adoption and in turn wrote the name of the family, or person who donated, on a heart and stuck it to a wall in their house.  This may sound silly, but once you see the photos you'll be amazed. (Thank you, Mrs.Wimmer for letting me use your pictures.)








Absolutely stunning, right?  Every single name on those hearts is someone who cared about their little girl, and wanted to see her come home.  The total number of hearts on their walls at the end of this Heart Attack? 3,251 hearts.  Over three thousand people that loved their little girl right along side of them.

We want to have a Heart Attack For Charlie.  For $2 you can have your name written on a heart, and it will be placed on our living room wall, for all of our visitors to see.  We want to see how many people are willing to love Charlie right along side of us.  Will you donate a $2 (or more if you'd like.) in honor of Charlie?  We will post progress pictures as our wall fills with hearts.

You can make your donation to the donation button on the side of the blog, or you can follow this link here: http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/bring-charlie-home-/315865

(If you're local, you can always just drop the donation by the house. :) )

I'm excited to see our wall fill with love. :)
We're coming baby Roo!!


Monday, March 2, 2015

I'm Going To Be A Big Sister...Again

Yes, we are adopting!  Yes, I am going to be a big sister...again!  Yes, I am thrilled!! 



We are so anxious to bring Charlie home, and to have another little boy running around the house.  I have to say that it is absolutely amazing how God works, I advocated for Charlie for 5 or 6 months, praying endlessly for a family to choose him...little did I know that my family would be the one to choose him!  I'm in awe of God's plans, and grateful that they are so much better than my own.

To think that so many people are swooning over this darling, and rejoicing with us, but yet Charlie has no clue just how many people love him and will fight till he's home. He is chosen, loved, wanted, and now he has a place where he belongs, will you help us bring him HOME?


We're coming Roo!

If you would like to contribute to his adoption you can purchase a t-shirt here: Making Love Known T-shirts

If you're not interested in buying a t-shirt, but still would like to make a donation you can follow this link to our direct donation page: Bring Charlie Home - Direction Donation Page