Something I LOVE that I hope you will LOVE!

Hi Ladies,

As it is the gift giving season I thought I may share with you one of my favorite things, I hope that it will become one of yours and that maybe you might gift it on to someone else. Step one of this gift is Real Simple Magazine... sigh... I love you. When you come in the mail, it is a very happy day. My mom got this subscription for me a few months back in hopes that I would find great wedding ideas in it. Which of course I did, and many other great ideas on organization, things for my home, gifts for others, and most importantly a very special gift for my mother.

You see, my mom is a worrier, like mother like daughter I suppose, but she is also a big believer in the power of prayer. So much so that rather then spending time in her car listening to the radio, she will often spend that time praying for people she knows need someone thinking of them. She's a wonderful lady. She's an amazing lady. She's a lady through and through. I believe God listens to her. Maybe she doesn't always get the answer in the form she thought, but I believe he listens when we truly call on Him, with the deepest most sincere desires of our hearts. Sometimes prayers we think go unanswered are in fact blessings in disguise... part of Gods plan you see. So knowing all of these things about my mom, now you can understand why when I saw THIS article in real simple magazine I knew what she would be getting for her birthday. Please read it. If you don't read it now most of the rest of this bloggy won't really seem as meaningful. You will be moved to tears because of the amazing truth, love, and warmth displayed in the simplest forms... a pray for her child... or her friends... or for anyone who needs it.

I gave this article along with a God Box, to my mom on her birthday. I know some of you may have read some posts where I have discussed difficulties my family is currently experiencing. My mom takes each of these circumstances not only to heart but to her soul. As a woman who has beat breast cancer 2 times, being the only female survivor of her family, shes a pretty tough cookie. Her internal worry is often hidden by her smile and her warmth. It worries me because re-occurrence of breast cancer often occurs when someones immune system is weakened by the external stress of work, family, or other unforeseen issues. Thus... The God Box was born to our family. My parents have been using it, I have used it, and I think it really works. Its almost like a direct line of communication to the Big Man Upstairs. Its something special, some sacred, and something personal you can always count on to be there.

I think this is a great gift for anyone this holiday season. Print the article, put it in the box, and maybe just maybe get the person started by putting a few of your own prayers in the box first. This can be a scary idea for some.. you know letting go and giving something to God. You see once the prayer goes into the God Box... you've turned it over to God. You may no longer worry, stress, or panic over this prayer because if you do you... have to take it out until you are truly able to give it whole heartily to Him. Its a good way to renew faith in the power of prayer and honestly that's really what this season is all about.



  1. Dana E,
    Love love love this!!!!! The article is so great, besides the fact it made me cry like a baby, it really is a wonderful idea and something that I know several people will absolutely adore and cherish for Christmas! Can't wait to go look for some cute "boxes" :)Thanks for passing it along!!
    Dana G

  2. Hey love!!! Glad you liked it! I cried my eyes out when I read it too. I think everyone needs a good heart felt cry over something sweet and kind every once and a while! :)

  3. LOVE this post!! Your mom sounds like a very strong lady!

  4. Thanks Jess! She's pretty darn wonderful I think! But i could be biased. :)

  5. This is a great idea! I feel like it would be a very meaningful gift for a "family present". I know that many people think that Christmas often gets away from its true meaning, but this is a great way to remember what it is all about!

  6. ok. love real simple and love your blog!

  7. Thanks Girls!!! Hope you all have a very happy holiday and that the God Box is a hit during this gift giving season!:)

  8. I just found your blog and I am so glad I found this post! Thank you so much for sharing this. I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was 16 and all of her sisters minus 1 have since been diagnosed (and 1 has also passed).

    Anyhow, my mom left me a box with the name "love notes" on the top where she would write different reasons why she loved me everyday. This is now why I started my blog and the significance behind the URL for my blog :) I will be thinking of your family!


  9. Katie, Thank you for reading. I am so sorry to hear you lost your mom. I think the "love notes" are so special. I can't imagine a more special way to read your mom's inner most thoughts and love for you. I will be thinking of you and adding you and your family to our God Box.

  10. I need you to do your wedding invites like these ones. OMG Im obsessed....