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The Noticer Project

“When we notice things about ourselves and other people that allow us all to regroup, take a breath, and begin our lives again, the best is surely yet to come.

From The Noticer
by Andy Andrews

nspired by AndyAndrews‘ latest book, The Noticer (Thomas Nelson; 2009) The Noticer Project is an opportunity to participate in a world wide movement to “notice” the five most influential people in your life.

Here are the five most influential people in my life:

My Maternal Grandmother
She was the first person who ever made me feel loved, unconditionally.
She always expected the best of me, but showed forgiveness and compassion when I fell short.
When she died she left behind 12 grandchildren—all of whom thought they were her favorite.

Mr. Pryor my 9th grade Pre-Algebra Teacher
He was the first teacher who made math make sense to me, and that’s saying a lot. He gave of his time to all of his students. He helped you without making you feel stupid. He never gave up on any of his students. He didn’t play favorites. I ended that year with an A. It would be the only A I would ever receive in math and the only year it would ever make sense. If only there were more teachers like Mr. Pryor.

Trish Ramey
I was just a skinny shy girl on a dance team filled with other more popular interesting teenage dancers, but she, the broadway dancer in from NYC, took notice of me. Because of her I went after a dream that I previously thought was impossible…

Dr. Earls
Dr. Earls was my AP Humanities teacher in high school. A popular teacher even today, she was known for the way she brought Humanities to life. Well traveled, she shared many of her own personal slides in her lectures. She opened my eyes to a far away places and sparked my interest in travel. When I was lucky enough to model abroad I thought of her. After visiting Acropolis in Greece, I promptly went back to my hotel room and wrote her a post card thanking her. When I teach my children I try to bring her enthusiasm to my presentation. I hope I can also inspire them to see the world, just as she inspired me to.

My Family (okay, so that’s technically five people lumped together).
My children inspire me daily to be a better person and Christian.
My husband makes me feel safe, loved, and protected. He accepts me for the imperfect person that I am and gave me the family I always dreamed of.

Who are the five most influential people in your life?

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Miss USA

I confess I haven’t watched a Miss USA Pageant since I was in junior high.
That said, I’m really proud of Miss California and how she not only stood up for her beliefs, but answered truthfully, regardless of the consequences, and most importantly, acknowledged that God has a plan for her life and that winning the pageant was obviously not part of the plan and she accepts that.

Here is a clip, in case you missed it.

I hope it’s bigger and better things for her.
I think she is a good role model, but obviously that’s not what the Miss USA Pageant is looking for these days. Too bad.

For more on this topic, please read Breathing Grace.

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The Dirty Dozen

Do you know about the Dirty Dozen? You should. Download your guide for free and keep it in your purse or with your shopping bags in your car.

Even if you are shopping at an “organic grocery store” please make sure the produce you are buying is actually organic. I recently was surprised to learn that my store, Whole Foods, carries fruits and vegetables that are not organic and I was purchasing them for my family thinking they were. Even in places like Whole Foods, Greenwise, Fresh Fields and others, you will need to read the labels.

Another simple way to ensure that your family is getting the best organic produce available (at a reasonable cost) is to subscribe to a CSA program. Local Harvest’s website has a locator to help you find the best organic food that is grown in your area. Simply enter your zip code and view the list. They also include a list of companies that will ship their produce to you. You can learn more about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) here.

Sometimes it seems there just isn’t enough hours in a day to be a homemaker. Did you know about the dirty dozen? Have you already made the switch for your family? Do you have a CSA Membership or have a great online produce vendor you love? I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips.

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A guest bathroom part I

Its always exciting to see a bathroom unfold, but this one is especially wonderful for me because I designed it myself! It’s simple in the sense that it only uses 2 types of material: a 12×12 travertine and a 12×12 pebble tile that was cut in half for the border. It’s not done yet…but it’s getting exciting. When you are standing in the bathroom the pebble border is slightly above eye level. I chose that because the bathroom already has nice high ceilings. If it didn’t then I would have raised the border higher to bring the eye up and make the space feel larger (taller).

The step out that you see on the right is a shampoo ledge and it will be done in the same pebble material.

The bathroom floor is the same material as the shower wall but is set on the diagonal.

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sʇɹos ɟo ʇno ƃuıןǝǝɟ

˙ʎɐpoʇ ǝsoɥʇ ɟo ǝuo ƃuıʌɐɥ ɯ,ı ʞuıɥʇ ı ¿ʇɥƃıɹ sǝoƃ ƃuıɥʇou uǝɥʍ sʎɐp ǝsoɥʇ ɟo ǝuo ǝʌɐɥ ɹǝʌǝ

I find that when I’m having one of those days, little things can suddenly be amusing. Or very annoying.

Flip my text is my latest amusement.
Have you tried it? Have fun!

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