Coming to an End :: 31 Days of Lemonade

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You might know today as Halloween (or, if you’re one of the strangely large number of my friends who were born today, your birthday), but it’s also THE LAST DAY OF 31 DAYS!

I didn’t even come close to a) posting every day or b) writing about everything I planned to. Not to mention, I never did find a good lemon and chocolate recipe. (Well, I did but it involved canned frosting and a cake mix. I don’t think I need to explain that to you…right? You can probably manage just fine without me writing step-by-step instructions for combining a lemon cake mix with dark chocolate frosting.)

And I had at least seven more great lemon photos bookmarked to use!

Even if I didn’t post 31 times in the last 31 days, though, I did shift my perspective a bit and looked harder than usual for the brighter side of life – even when life wasn’t kind or easy or shiny or pretty. I hope this series encouraged you to do the same!

I’ve heard it said that since a woman gains weight over nine months when she’s pregnant, so she shouldn’t expect her body to return to normal any faster than that. As I’m currently heavier than I was the day before Adrienne was born, that’s not exactly what I’m getting at here. What’s on my mind instead is that it may have taken nine months for my blog to return to normal.

We’ll see how it goes from here, but I’m anxious to get back into writing a bit more than my brain and schedule has allowed this year.

AND I’m also looking forward to announcing the winners of the DaySpring pitchers. What’s that? You DID see that subscribing to this blog means you are entered into a drawing? One each week, actually! I’ll announce each week’s winner on Monday. {Woohoo!}

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Silver Linings on a Tuesday

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This day has been one of whiplash. A day of lemonade and lemons, clouds and silver linings. My brain is muddy and spinning and ready for bed. But first a few thoughts:

The Allume Conference

It was such an amazing weekend! But … balancing my checkbook is a reminder of how expensive this conference was for me.

At the same time, it’s hard to put a price on connecting with friends in person and hearing from God, loud and clear.

Despite my best intentions, though, I was drop-dead exhausted when I got home and completely worthless yesterday.

I got some good sleep last night, however – and, even more importantly, a shower this morning, so I felt much better today.

My suitcase was full of more to-dos and some new (and some remembered) to-changes.

But I also came home much more settled and secure than I have from so many other conferences and retreats. {Could I be growing?}

My amazing, aggravating daughter

I love that strong-willed, sassy-mouthed girl in the next room. So much!

But holy tantrums, Batman, does she drive me crazy!

Parent-teacher conferences make me nervous, even though I swear we’re trying to log reading minutes each night, we are. And after that first spelling test we started practicing her words every afternoon. Almost every afternoon …

The conference went great, though! Annalyn’s teacher seems to think she’s as fantastic as I do, so I can’t possibly disagree with that.

But then came the tearful confession of a secret, repeat offense that kept her up two hours past her bedtime. Guilt will do that to a girl.

At least she confessed. And it’s really not the end of the world. Although, ugh, again? Again.

Then there’s baseball.

I don’t like baseball. I don’t. Not really. Mark loves it. A LOT. It’s his favorite. It’s my … not-favorite. But this whole Royals in the World Series thing? Pretty fun. Pretty exciting. Pretty I-can’t-walk-away-from-the-TV.

And tonight? Mark got to go to game six. Whaaaaaa???

Of course, it was because our friend got sick and couldn’t use the tickets she bought for her husband.

And they insisted Mark take them. Despite him asking (and my repeated calls and texts to ask) if they were sure, really sure.

I was in tears over how that stinks for our friends. Mark was nearly in tears over that … that and the unexpected gift of a real dream coming true on a Tuesday night.

Even though my DVR is almost full, I watched – of all things! – a baseball game tonight. I don’t even know what’s happening.

So, you see? Lots of lemonade in there, along with at least a bowl-full of lemons. Clouds and linings that are silver. Good and bad and back and forth again.

All on a Tuesday.

How’s your week going?

 
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Praying with Joy

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I thank my God every time I remember you.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:3-6

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21 Ways to Use Lemons

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We’ve talked about all the many things you can do when life gives you lemons. But I noticed as I clicked around the internet that lemons are useful for a lot more than just food. As it turns out, there are lots of practical uses for lemons, too. You can Google or search Pinterest and find details and instructions for all of these, but I thought I’d get you started with a list.

I still say lemonade is a good go-to use of lemons (not to mention the Lemon Chicken dinners), but here are 21 more things you can with the fruit:

  • Freshen the fridge
  • Refresh cutting boards
  • Keep ants out of the kitchen
  • Keep guacamole green
  • Keep fruit from turning brown
  • Make soggy lettuce crisp
  • Freshen your breath
  • Clear up dandruff
  • Remove berry stains (on skin)
  • Soothe poison ivy rashes
  • Whiten delicate fabrics
  • Clean tarnished brass
  • Rid clothes of mildew
  • Whiten your nails
  • Freshen your garbage disposal
  • Highlight your hair
  • Shine your sink
  • Exfoliate your feet
  • Disinfect wounds
  • Keep rice from sticking
  • Soothe a sore throat

How do you use lemons in your home?

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What if Life Gives You…Chocolate…

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I’m looking for a way to work chocolate into this series. It just seems right. So far I’ve only found one and a half recipes involving chocolate and lemon that look good to me. So I’m asking you…

  • What can I make that has both lemon and chocolate?
  • What other flavors and foods do you like combining with lemon?

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