Freebie: July Printable Calendar

July Printable Calendar

Download July Printable Calendar HERE

Something that has become synonymous with summer in our house is WATERMELONS.  The kids can wipe out an entire watermelon in no time flat.

It’s hard to embrace summer when the heat index reaches the 100s and every moment outdoors is just a countdown until you’ll next be in A/C.  It makes me yearn for Fall… but I don’t want to wish away summer.  So this weekend, we’ll use cookie cutters to make fun watermelon bites, plug in the slip’n’slide, fill some water balloons,  and get outside… even if we’re back in the A/C before lunch time.  We’ll make some summer memories, one watermelon at a time!

June Calendar & Summer Fun List

 

June Printable Calendar

I’m ridiculously late to the June calendar game but here it is regardless.  I thought, since I’m so tardy with posting, I could make another fun printable out of the design.

A couple years ago my friend and I wrote the most epic summer fun list.  Living in the sunshine state means the list can stay active for 8 months out of the year. (#ilivewhereyouvacation)  It involves s’mores, beach days with family, corn hole with neighbors, baseball games with friends and even a little gold leafing.  You know, as you do.  Every summer I look forward to checking off as many ideas as possible.

We’ve had a rocky start to our summer here in Orlando.  There has been immeasurable tragedy.  I don’t even have words.  It seems trivial to even think of a “fun list” when so much pain and fear is in the air.

But hiding can’t be the solution… it’s loving our neighbors, praying for each other, praying for our city, claiming our city beautiful from the clutches of fear and despair, counting our many blessings.  Living each day we are blessed with to the fullest.

Here’s a little list to get you jotting down ideas for your summer.  May your days be covered in sunshine and full of the love and grace only our Lord can give.

Summer Fun List

Download June Printable Calendar HERE

Download Summer Fun List HERE

Freebie: May Printable Calendar

May Printable Calendar

 

April showers bring May flowers and this somewhat accidental design reminds me of dandelions.  While the rains continue, things are blooming.  The blessings always more plentiful when I focus on having a grateful heart.  So this May I am grateful for creative time, family and friends pouring abundantly into my life, and for a Savior that makes it all possible.

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Download Pink HERE

Download Blue HERE

Download Green HERE

April Desktop Wallpaper Freebie

 

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Way back in 2013, I set a goal that I actually achieved!  I created a new desktop calendars every month to give away on the blog.  Recently I decided to resurrect that idea with printable calendars but I miss having a new wallpaper each month.  I’ve been working on this design for a little while so I thought this would be a fun way to share.  Enjoy!

Download the 1680×1050 version HERE

Download the 1600×1200 version HERE

Currently… April 2016

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Anticipating: the completion of the kitchen makeover.

Being: held by the Great One.

Compiling: things to do to clear the clutter from the house.

Drinking: Decaf coffee and lots of water.

Embracing: the mess that comes with home renovations.

Focusing: on the abundant blessings in my life.

Grateful: for it all… even the hard things.

Happy: to celebrate six months of marriage!

Ignoring: house chores (see “Embracing”)

Jumping: into drafting a new novel… research comes first!

Knitting: the blanket I started for my sister over a year ago.

Listening: to Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.

Making: plans for a beach getaway in June.

Noticing: loads of flowers blooming.

Obsessing: over Steffany Gretzinger’s album The Undoing

Proud: to be able to work in my home office again.

Quitting: expectations.  Reality is so good already as it unfolds.  It’s not my job to see the future.

Reading: Nancy Drew books by the dozens. 

Sitting: on my newly painted turquoise (thank you Noah!) Adirondack chair.

Thinking: about the Parable of the Talents

Upgrading: my calligraphy pens, and letting go of the ones I’ve outgrown.

Visiting: family, friends and fishing holes.

Watching: Monster Fish, Brooklyn 99, and just wrapped up Fixer Upper and Chuck

X-ing: “Taxes” off my to do list.

Yearning: for a humble heart.

Zooming: through this year!  How is it April already?

 

Freebie: April Printable Calendar

 

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Nothing says, “April is here” in Florida like the daily afternoon shower (read: torrential downpour).  Luckily though, as the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers so I’m thankful for this rain.

I’m thankful for all the rain.  Especially the metaphorical kind.

This has been a season of downpour, full of abundant love and undeniable evidence of the awesome God that created it all.  Some storms have been on the scarier side, lightening and thunder leaving me shaking in my boots at times, but always pointing me to deeper trust in the One who deserves all my trust.

So I am thankful for this rain.

Here are a few links for your own rainy season:

Printable April Calendar HERE

Misty Edwards gets me every time HERE

Instant rainy day ambiance HERE

4 Questions Answered

I’ve secretly always wanted to be featured in a blog hop.  Most of the bloggers I’ve come to admire host them fairly regularly, or simply name drop other bloggy buddies here and there.  Needless to say, when I was tagged in Dustin’s blog hop, I was more than excited… then life happened and I forgot… but then!  I remembered!  Don’t be so excited!

The gist.

I answer four questions (previously posed to Dustin when he was tagged) then I tag a few more blogger friends for readers to hop on over to check out. Here goes…

What am I writing or working on?

Well, currently I am writing this post.  I’ve been neglecting my writing and it’s beginning to show.  A writer without a regular outlet for their literary energies can be a scary thing. When I start to wax poetic when drafting emails full of spreadsheet attachments, I know it’s time to get back on track. In other news, I’m working on formatting the print version of my book, The Broken Places, to be available in the next month or two on Amazon along side the already released Kindle version.  Exciting times!

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How does my work differ from others in this genre?

For fiction, my “genre” is about as vague as my “voice” as an author.  I’m not sure where I fit…  these are probably really good questions to think through and get at solid answers… later.  As with blogging, I think the simplest and perhaps truest answer is that my genre differs because I’m human.  While on one hand it is true that there is nothing new under the sun, on the other hand we are each highly unique and given exactly the same prompt to create, we’d come up with different takes.  So I supposed my work differs from others in the genre because I differ.   I will always mix humor, romance, tragedy, mystery, spirituality into a compound that is uniquely me whether good, bad or indifferent.

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Why do I write what I do?

So many reasons here… because I can’t sleep if I don’t.  Because the story must be told for some unknown reason.  Because I pray it will be of some use to the world is some way that I may never know.  Because I want to solidify my memories and experience.  Because I want to connect with human kind in a way that just can’t be done face to face.  All of these and more to include  the most basic reason: it’s fun.

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How does my writing process work?

When I figure this out I’ll tell you… Nah, it’s all about consistency.  About getting my behind in the chair.  Once I’m there, I’m golden… sometimes.  For bigger projects I’ve adopted a modified snowflake method that ends up involving a dedicated wall in my office and LOTS of post-its. In terms of motivation, I’ve found that starting with really small blocks of time has worked.  I sit down with the timer set for 15 minutes, allowing myself to stop, if I want, as soon as it beeps.  More often than not, my mind clears, the words come and I’m well into an hour or two session with the oven timer long forgotten.

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So there you have it.

My quick and dirty answers to the four questions.  Are you a writer?  Do you have a process?  Does it always begin with “Pinterest?”  No?  Just me I guess…

Thanks Dustin for tagging me for this blog hop!  Next up, I’m tagging…

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