I Found My “Randy’s-on-the-Road” Love Note Tonight

… on my laptop.

I wish I had posted all of the notes I’ve received during his travels over the last several years, as I received them. It’s always fun to find them, and they still surprise me!

(For those who weren’t aware: Randy and I were finally able to marry on October 25, so I am officially Mrs. Archer!!)

Celebrating Every Day

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Most people would probably look at how we celebrate traditionally major events and holidays and think that we are ruining them for our children. We try not to overdo it, preferring to keep things low-key and simple, without minimizing it.

Instead, we try to celebrate the every day, every day. We celebrate the fact that we are together. That we had a good week. That some one was complimented for good manners. Or that Randy returned from being on the road.

Some may say this waters things down and trivializes what’s important.

On quite the contrary. I believe that it is teaching our children to see the joy and beauty in every moment, and not just the things that we are told are worthy of celebration. Or to only celebrate on particular occasions or events.

It’s not about elevating the children’s sense of self-importance. It’s about gratitude and attitude. Christmas is not just one day, in December. We can celebrate Jesus’ birth in May or July, over several days. At the beach! A birthday is not something we celebrate only once a year – we are happy every day that our family members were born!

Along with that, we like to enjoy our food and be creative with it. We have become very particular about how and what we eat. But one thing we are determined to do is keep it fun, pleasurable and enjoyable. Each meal is a mini-celebration – something that should be colorful and tasty.

We take a lot of photos of our food creations, and one thing that is obvious as you look through them is that we love sprinkles and COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. (It’s perfect frozen or thawed!)

Duckie-shaped sprinkles on green beans.
Sprinkles and COOL WHIP topping a bowl of chocolate peanut butter steel-cut oatmeal.

Microwave Martini glass cake, with sprinkles and COOL WHIP.

Strawberries dipped in COOL WHIP and sprinkled with… well, SPRINKLES, next to a taco.

There is never a shortage of things to celebrate when you stop and think about it. You don’t have to look far. And nothing lights up a face like celebrating those moments that so many others might have missed or overlooked.

Celebrating is not reserved for special occasions. It’s part of our daily lives.

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Today we celebrated our first year of being a family. (If you are new here, I know that sounds weird, but just trust me…)

You can read more about it over on Living The Life Fantastic.

Challenging my creativity: Art Every Day Month

I’m joining in on the fun that is “Art Every Day Month” because I’ve been wanting someone to hold the fire to my feet and encourage the creative juices to be flowing again. I’ve been so busy surviving and keeping my head above water that creativity was beginning to feel more and more like a luxury that I couldn’t afford and no longer something that my soul required of me each and every day.

Creativity is like prayer time. It’s my time to be quiet and clear my head. A part of me always feels incomplete and missing when I’m not creating or spending time in prayer.

So here I go!

Let me know if you join in.

Have Fun With Your Photos – free and easy

For any number of reasons, you might enjoy playing around with all of the tools (or “toys”, as they call them) at Big Huge Labs

Create fun images, jigsaw puzzles, motivational posters, cd and magazine covers and much more.

me jigsaw

All you have to do is upload your photo, either from your computer, or it can connect right to your flickr or photobucket accounts. Choose what you want to make, and it does all of the work for you.

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I bet the kids would have fun with it on a boring rainy day.