All Pacifiers and Accessories On Sale! | Leave a comment

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Super Sales

We’ve marked all of our pacifiers and pacifier accessories down by at least 15% this week in honor of SIDS Awareness Month.

 

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Ashley Devonish

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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Humility 101 | 4 Comments

By Rachel Steele | Category: The Journey of Motherhood

Humility 101

 

 Photos by Delve Photography

Reading a book with both my boys has been a nightly ritual since they were born. My oldest gets to choose the title, I get to choose a cozy spot, and the baby gets to choose which way he will arrange his body on the book so that it’s nearly impossible to read. I’ve actually become quite good at adlibbing the words that are covered by a diaper, hand, or occasional total body sprawl.

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I’ve made it a point to read to my kids each evening to help increase their knowledge and vocabulary, but I was caught off guard during a story the other night by one of my 5 year olds profound statements. He chose the Disney book, Brave, and part of the story is about a prince that constantly quarreled with his brothers and split off from the family to pursue his own selfish interests, causing their kingdom to fall. He came upon a witch’s house in the forest and traded his family’s heirloom ring for a spell to give him the strength of ten men. The witch took the ring and turned him into a giant gruesome bear. He became the target of the village huntsmen, and devoured all who stepped foot near the ruins of his kingdom.

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When we finished, he put the book in his lap and flipped back through the pictures like he so often does. He stopped at the page with the picture of the towering, ferocious bear with saliva dripping from his sharp teeth and thick claws ready to lunge on his next victim. He looked up from his book and said to me, ” I know why the bear was so mad. He was angry at other people because he was not happy about who he was.” Wow, that spoke to me in more ways than I could count! I often think about my role as their teacher, but I hadn’t given much thought to how much my children teach me. I just might be learning more from the mouths of babes than I learned in 4 years of college.

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God has entrusted us as parents with the lives of our tiny geniuses.  The saying that, “Our children are our future” is completely true and accurate. Pondering these overwhelming educational responsibilities as a parent, brought me back to an analogy in a book I read by Michael Pearl a few years ago. He states, “If God is the Potter and your child the clay, you are the wheel on which the clay is to be turned.” The more control we give to the Potter, the better the wheel will turn. We must allow the Master Artist to complete his work in us and in our children.

Maybe you’re like me and it’s hard for you to let the Potter guide your direction and you end up spinning the wrong way. Or maybe you’ve become off-balanced and are wobbling, causing the clay to slide off. Or, maybe there are pieces of your wheel that are broken off or chipped from past experiences that have never been repaired. All of these can be fixed by the Potter if we allow him. My children teach me in so many ways, and sometimes expose my own sin. I am humbled when the clay I am spinning begins instructing me on which way I should turn the wheel!

 

Rachel Steele

Rachel blogs about lessons learned as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend at Dreams of Perfect Design. She likes to share little snipits and snapshots of her everyday adventures, in hopes that maybe, just maybe, it will impact someone else's life.

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Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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All Swaddling Blankets on Sale! | Leave a comment

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Super Sales

Did you know that it is SIDS Awareness Month?  Did you know that swaddling has been proven to lower the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)? We’ve marked all of our swaddling blankets down by at least 15% this week!

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Ashley Devonish

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Posted Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend | 2 Comments

By Rachel Steele | Category: The Journey of Motherhood

My maiden name is a German surname meaning treasure, value, or terms of endearment like darling and sweetheart.  I hadn’t given it much thought until now.   I began this blog in January, with a post titled, 2012: My Year of Dreams.  I’ve pounded the keys of my laptop as a cathartic way to search out who I really am.  During my pursuit, I’ve realized that the answers have been here all along, just waiting to be unearthed.

A knowledgeable friend of mine in the jewelry business recently explained to me that the cut of a diamond is the single most important factor in the saleability of the stone.  The cut can dramatically increase or decrease the stone’s value.  He showed me the difference between an ideal cut diamond versus one cut too deep or too shallow.  Since cutters pay is based on how much weight they retain, diamonds are sometimes cut too deep to conserve the most weight.  They can also be cut too shallow because it makes the stone appear larger, but it causes the diamond to leak light and look watered down.  A perfect cut diamond has precise light reflecting angles creating an optimum balance.  The more cuts or facets a diamond has, the more brilliance it exudes.  A high grade colorless and clear diamond can be ruined with a poor cut.  Likewise, a slightly colored and included diamond becomes breath-taking with a superior cut.

The similarities are really quite astounding when you equate humans to diamonds.  We are formed by a Creator, our hearts often raw and rough from life’s pressures and heavy burdens.  A Miner leaves the sanctuary of his world and descends into the pit to dig us out, pull us from the depths, wash us clean, and begin cutting to bring to light the beauty within.  Regardless of the number of our inclusions or our clarity, he knows our ideal cut.  The more facets he cuts, the more we lose of ourselves, but the better we reflect the light.  The more he cuts on me, the more beauty I can see sparkling and shining in his light.  It seems that those living among us, become precious gems and priceless treasures when you see them through his clarity, without the inclusions that once blinded you.  Witnessing the transformation of others exposes a sense of urgency to reach those that are still lying buried under this world’s rubble.

A wonderful married couple at my church recently spoke a word to me. ”You are a treasure box, containing valuable pieces.  You have value in the church, value to others, great value in this world, and in His kingdom.  The lock has sprung open and the treasure is pouring out through His hands.”   This was an encouragement that I needed to hear.  If you’re like me, you easily tear yourself down, get drained out, and then start dragging and drudging around.  Remember that you’re letting someone or something else cut on you.  Trying to hold onto something you should have given up a long time ago is just like cutting a diamond too deep to retain weight.  Putting on a facade to look bigger and better results in the light leaking like a shallow cut diamond.  Our perception becomes weary,  monotonous,  and “watered down”.

The definition of value according to Webster’s is: The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance or preciousness of something.  I am learning that my value does not come from the amount of money I make, what I do for a living, the college I did or didn’t go to, or even the choices I’ve made.  My value comes from the One who made me, who saved me, and treasured me enough to redeem me.  The more I understand and believe that I am valuable and treasured, the more I grasp and comprehend the true value of life.  Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, who held many titles in his day, such as philosopher, Jesuit priest, paleontologist, and geologist, reminds us with these words, “Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things…as to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.”   

 

Photos and Makeup by  Delve Photography
Jewelry provided by Endless Time & Jewelry
Wardrobe provided by Styles Boutique
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Our beautiful model, Nicolle, teaches High School Spanish and 3rd grade History.  She is a mother of 2 with one on the way. She has just relocated to the Midwest with her husband and family from Oaxaca, Mexico. 

 

Rachel Steele

Rachel blogs about lessons learned as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend at Dreams of Perfect Design. She likes to share little snipits and snapshots of her everyday adventures, in hopes that maybe, just maybe, it will impact someone else's life.

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Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Loving Naturals – Season Clearance! | 2 Comments

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Super Sales

Summer is over, and we’re sad.

But we hope our clearance sale will make you glad!

 

We’ve slashed the prices on our Loving Naturals Sunscreen  to clear them out for the season. Stock up and be ready for next summer or your winter tropical vacation!

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Ashley Devonish

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Posted Friday, September 28, 2012

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