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Mary

In response to: Sleeveless Cape

Mary [Member]
Hey Marilyn, I'm sending you an e-mail as well as answering here just in case you don't come looking for this here. I found this on pinterest but it was linked to a French site and the instructions were in French, so I used a translator to attempt to try this at some point. I placed the photo and "English" instructions here so I could keep them some place I could get to. Sure enough, even the original site doesn't seem to have the cape anymore. I'm homeschooling, and in the process of moving all my crafting and sewing supplies into a smaller closet in our house. Until that's done, I have forbid myself to start projects. Hoping this summer I will have my ducks numbered, color coded and in a well spaced row. Sorry, I'm not more helpful, but if you try it, please let me know! -Mary
PermalinkPermalink 05/09/17 @ 04:46
Marilyn

In response to: Sleeveless Cape

Marilyn [Visitor]
I love the look of your cape, but I'm afraid I don't understand the instructions. Could you possibly include a diagram, or photo of the cape laid out on a flat surface? Thanks.
PermalinkPermalink 04/26/17 @ 22:01
Erin

In response to: Ms. Nelson is Missing

Erin [Visitor]
Love this!
PermalinkPermalink 10/28/16 @ 10:22
Amy Button

In response to: Rising to a Smile: Ms. Nelson Part 2

Amy Button [Visitor]
Beautiful!
PermalinkPermalink 04/28/16 @ 15:38
Mary

In response to: When You Can

Mary [Member]
Nelson, you are so very welcome. I have fond memories of your family making three young girls welcome in your home and church in Louisville.
PermalinkPermalink 03/21/16 @ 13:34
Nelson Martin

In response to: When You Can

Nelson Martin [Visitor]
Thanks for this amazing tribute to my wonderful mother who graciously survived/thrived the antics of 4 sons (and one perfect daughter,lol). Her children of faith are innumerable and only our reunion above will reveal the totality of my parents impact on the lives they lovely led into His Kingdom.
PermalinkPermalink 03/20/16 @ 06:16
Natalie Chappelear

In response to: Rising to a Smile: Ms. Nelson Part 2

Natalie Chappelear [Visitor]
One of the most beautiful things about teaching is to communicate in a way that reaches the hearer and listener. You express your ideas, thoughts and feelings in a way that they come across inviting, welcoming and enjoyable.
PermalinkPermalink 03/11/16 @ 06:24
Mary

In response to: Assigned Seating: Ms. Nelson Part 1

Mary [Member]
Kristy, I just now saw your comment/question.

My answer: I don't know. :)

Seriously though, I immediately think of conversations with mom when I was little... understanding why someone is hard to love is a big step toward loving them when they don't deserve it. She reminded me that no person is below God's ability to love and no one should be below mine either.
PermalinkPermalink 02/21/16 @ 22:18
Kristy

In response to: Assigned Seating: Ms. Nelson Part 1

Kristy [Visitor]
How do we communicate this to a five-year-old? Ethan has some boys at school he has a hard time loving.
PermalinkPermalink 02/09/16 @ 05:40
Amy

In response to: Assigned Seating: Ms. Nelson Part 1

Amy [Visitor]
That's such a beautiful story. I'm so excited for you all in this new adventure. I've done this homeschool thing for a while now and still find that I need to be reminded about the importance. The things we learn go so far above the academic. I hope your weeks have been great so far.

Don't forget, no mom is an island :) I'm here if you need help or just want to talk.
PermalinkPermalink 08/17/15 @ 13:52
Amy

In response to: You Can Do Something

Amy [Visitor]
It's so funny that I had a similar experience recently. Although I have no idea what the effect was, someone close to the situation texted me and said the truth I shared (bluntly) was right on. This is a good reminder for me because the fear of offending can be so close to the surface for me.

I love your story.
PermalinkPermalink 07/27/15 @ 20:01
Amy

In response to: Ants, Attitude, and Anne

Amy [Visitor]
I love the way the Lord shows us things. This morning as I was pulling weeds from around my blueberry bushes I thought, "I don't know what you are but you have to go"! It struck me at that moment that there were some weeds in me. I didn't know what they were but they needed to go.

Uphill climbs, downhill climbs, they're both great for revealing things that don't belong. Love this.
PermalinkPermalink 07/27/15 @ 16:36
Zac Gentry

In response to: Little Is Much When God is In It

Zac Gentry [Visitor]
If you hadn't been silly enough to be part of Images Creative Group I would have never meet you because you would have never ended up in Mathis Tx one year at Zephyr and you would have never talked to me or given me a cross necklace made of nails. you also wouldn't have impacted me in regards to a Bible study I would share so many years later. My friend Sheryl reminded me as well of the song Thank You by Ray Boltz and you gave to the Lord over the course of your life impacting so many others. my song recommendation for you to consider with all this would be When All Is Said and Done by Geoff Moore and the Distance because you're leaving a godly legacy in your wake. I can trace all the pain i went thru including the talk I had with you and all the heartbreak to God preparing me to meet my wife. I wouldn't know how to properly love her without going thru all that.
PermalinkPermalink 07/24/15 @ 14:56
Becky

In response to: How to Love Your Husband

Becky [Visitor]
My husband makes our bed every day. Ha ha.

Seriously...your last sentence resonates the most to me. It's those small things like, a smile, a "good job babe" or "great idea hon'," praying for him in the morning before he rises, or maybe just a good back scratching are the little things that mean most to him. Un- ceremonial and faithful, done with a spirit submitted to God and him builds a strong foundation in our marriages.
PermalinkPermalink 06/28/15 @ 13:38
Amy

In response to: Suspended

Amy [Visitor]
I have so many thoughts that I can't seem to get them into one or two sentences. I'm excited for your new adventure though and I think it will be more rewarding than you can possibly imagine. And I also have a bunch of homeschool stuff if you want to rummage through and see if there's anything you'd like to borrow. And also, we should have coffee. Soon.
PermalinkPermalink 05/31/15 @ 16:22
Debe Yoder Hooley

In response to: Early In the Morning...

Debe Yoder Hooley [Visitor]
Thank you....I wish I could share this with every worship/ music minister.
What wonderful memories you bring back to me.
One of my favorite music of all time is the one recorded by you and your sisters. The harmony is beautiful. I played it until I wore it out.
Music doesn't have to be loud....I miss the sincere, reverent worship.
PermalinkPermalink 05/31/15 @ 09:10
Linda Kelso

In response to: Suspended

Linda Kelso [Visitor]
We women need security, but its all false security except for knowing The Lord is in charge and He cares more than anyone. Still its hard to walk it out some days.
PermalinkPermalink 05/19/15 @ 20:39
Mary Kelso

In response to: Suspended

Mary Kelso [Visitor]
Perfect timing friend! Yesterday, I felt I needed "a box with a bottom". I needed not just assurance, but insurance, that all these words, all these forward movements, guarantee me and my family that we will be protected from harm and failure. But, then what would we need Faith for.
PermalinkPermalink 05/19/15 @ 11:00
Mary

In response to: Suspended

Mary [Member]
Thanks uncle Danny. :)
PermalinkPermalink 05/19/15 @ 10:39
Daniel White

In response to: Suspended

Daniel White [Visitor]
What I've been saying all along - it is time to get out of the boat! I am very positive you have chosen correctly. You know me - and I don't mean anything more than I'm proud of you while I pray with you.
PermalinkPermalink 05/19/15 @ 10:35
Amy

In response to: Dads with Dented Fenders

Amy [Visitor]
I love this story. Although, I'm the one that drives the car with the dented bumper ;) That's only because Trav's car gets better gas mileage and he drives way more than I do. But I know that if he could get a vehicle without a dented bumper he'd do it in a heartbeat. Which I find sweet and a bit chivalrous :)
PermalinkPermalink 02/18/15 @ 11:24
Carol

In response to: The Practice of Obedience

Carol [Visitor]
O Mary, how poetic, poignant, and powerful!
PermalinkPermalink 02/04/15 @ 15:44
Lori

In response to: The Practice of Obedience

Lori [Visitor]
You put this into words so much better than I ever could. It's a great lesson for us all. Thank you for sharing this.
PermalinkPermalink 02/04/15 @ 09:14
Nancy

In response to: What I'm Chasing in 2015

Nancy [Visitor]
Mary, this is a great post. People are very good at candy coating life and passing it off as truth - which no one else can ever live up to. I appreciate your being real, in fact I felt more like maybe you wrote your blog while inside my mind. Anyhow this is a wonderful set of goals. So often God has so much for us we just fail to see it. Opening our eyes is the first step to walking in our God given purpose. Thank you for your willingness to share. It is nice to know we all have similar struggles. 2015 - it is going to be a year by which we measure all others - because it is going to be that awesome!
PermalinkPermalink 01/03/15 @ 11:10
Mary

In response to: What I'm Chasing in 2015

Mary [Member]
Thanks Robin!!!
PermalinkPermalink 01/01/15 @ 23:17
Robin Nielsen

In response to: What I'm Chasing in 2015

Robin Nielsen [Visitor]
Mary, this is beautiful and inspiring! I so appreciate your honesty and vulnerability. What a great way to look at the coming year! I too hope to chase after these things. Thank you for putting into words your thoughts and motivations for us to learn and grow.
PermalinkPermalink 01/01/15 @ 07:58
Mary

In response to: A Lamp Unto My Feet

Mary [Member]
Love you too Michelle. Thankful to know you have my back as well. Praying great things for you and your family. God is good!
PermalinkPermalink 12/23/14 @ 17:49
Michelle Sarabia

In response to: A Lamp Unto My Feet

Michelle Sarabia [Visitor]
I still have you on my prayer list! You know that God is faithful friend and He will see you through each moment, each tear. Remember He will do exceedingly, abundantly what we can ever think or imagine...hold strong to His promises. Love you BIG!
PermalinkPermalink 12/23/14 @ 17:38
Donna Griggs

In response to: A Lamp Unto My Feet

Donna Griggs [Visitor]
What a wonderful message taken out of another adventure in your life. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful reminder! Have a blessed Christmas!
PermalinkPermalink 12/23/14 @ 07:45
Jenny Warren

In response to: Well, I Think...

Jenny Warren [Visitor]
Wow...The Lord is good. I saw this thread on FB and had to read it! Very good word. Thanks for writing:)
PermalinkPermalink 12/09/14 @ 06:59
Amy

In response to: Midnight Ramblings

Amy [Visitor]
Amen.
PermalinkPermalink 11/10/14 @ 11:03
Amy

In response to: Moving

Amy [Visitor]
I have seen God moving so clearly in retrospect and I'm so often completely blown away. There are things that I could have never seen on my own that He saw so clearly. Things, issues, stuff...that I could never have known how to resolve on my own but He knew. I can't count how many times I've done something out of obedience, not understanding why it had to be that way, only to see very clearly why on the other side. His wisdom is incomparable, His grace so deep, His strategy for our lives is brilliant. I've been fortunate enough to be able to see His movement from the other side and it's completely amazing.
PermalinkPermalink 09/19/14 @ 11:42
Amy

In response to: I Believe in Prayer

Amy [Visitor]
Amen.
PermalinkPermalink 09/12/14 @ 10:32
Michelle Sarabia

In response to: Moving

Michelle Sarabia [Visitor]
I love the line - "Meekness is a father who forgoes money for time with his child". Our kids grow up so fast. I used to hate when mom's would tell me that when the kids were babies because I wanted them to grow up "faster" because I was tired of taking care of 4 babies. But now time is fleeting and every moment is precious. As we soaked in every line, every wrinkle when they were babies, we now soak up every long leg, every touchdown and every accomplishment because we realize what seemed like forever was only for a moment.
PermalinkPermalink 09/09/14 @ 10:25
Amy

In response to: To Wet a Match

Amy [Visitor]
Amen. I'm so thankful that so many are praying.
PermalinkPermalink 08/13/14 @ 10:11
Mary

In response to: The Entrepreneur's Wife

Mary [Member]
Melanie, you are something special. I love reading what you write too, because it reminds me that there are lovely hearts striving to love and serve beyond expectation. You are chasing after God from what I can see and it's beautiful.
PermalinkPermalink 08/08/14 @ 08:23
Melanie Bond

In response to: The Entrepreneur's Wife

Melanie Bond [Visitor]
Thank you for sharing this. I'm not married, I'm not even dating anyone just yet, but everything you write about marriage, family, and just being the wise, grown up you are is helpful to me! I think I would list you as one of my mentors even though we never meet in real life.
God bless you for trusting Him and for sharing the testimony of your walk with Him!
MJB
PermalinkPermalink 08/08/14 @ 07:58
Mary

In response to: The Entrepreneur's Wife

Mary [Member]
Thanks mom. We were both very blessed to have good examples to follow.
PermalinkPermalink 08/07/14 @ 16:07
mom

In response to: The Entrepreneur's Wife

mom [Visitor]
I love this Mary, its such a joy to read your words and know what a spirit led wife you are to my eldest son. I am so proud and blessed by you both! God has been speaking to me about marriage, and what a God-honoring union it is, and a great force against wickedness in our world! I am so thankful.
PermalinkPermalink 08/07/14 @ 16:02
Mary

In response to: The Entrepreneur's Wife

Mary [Member]
Thank you Michelle, you are one of my favorite encouragers, so if I can hand a little back to you, I'm honored.
PermalinkPermalink 08/07/14 @ 07:07
Michelle Sarabia

In response to: The Entrepreneur's Wife

Michelle Sarabia [Visitor]
Love...love...love this! Being married to an Entrepeneur can be one of the most rewarding and one of the hardest because of the seasons that are always changing. This encourages me and reminds me to continue to see my place that God has me with Jose and His business.
PermalinkPermalink 08/07/14 @ 06:55
Mary Beth Copper

In response to: Quivers, Arrows and Straight Shots

Mary Beth Copper [Visitor]
Thank for this great reminder on what our goal should be as mothers. My daughter, Kaytra, was in Israel with Brett. She is one of the 3 young people who planted a tree in his honor a few days ago in Israel. We found out about his death just a few days before Kaytra returned to Israel, and just watching how Bryce and his family responded gave me peace that has remained during her trip. There is so much unrest after the deaths of the three Israeli youths, but my heart remains at peace. My husband shot his arrow, true and straight, and it goes wherever our Savior sends it. He makes no mistakes, and will be glorified!
PermalinkPermalink 07/05/14 @ 19:04
Mary

In response to: Quivers, Arrows and Straight Shots

Mary [Member]
Oh Sandy, that's absolutely heart breaking. I'm so sorry. Something my cousin's husband said has just blessed me so much. I'm not quoting him, but he communicated something like this...we know even in this, because this is part of "all", that God is working things for our good. Even in the midst of the most awful tragedy, we can be confident that the story is not over, and our sorrow is not our final chapter.
PermalinkPermalink 07/01/14 @ 18:44
Sandy dewald

In response to: Quivers, Arrows and Straight Shots

Sandy dewald [Visitor]
So very sorry to learn of your family's loss. Your words,as always, were beautiful! Sadly, my husband's cousin lost her 15 year old daughter to suicide earlier this year. A much different situation with no comfort for the parents. Thankful for the peace extended to your family by the sureness of this young man's heart!
PermalinkPermalink 07/01/14 @ 12:53
Judy Baker

In response to: Quivers, Arrows and Straight Shots

Judy Baker [Visitor]
Awesome word Mary. Thank you so much for sharing.
PermalinkPermalink 06/26/14 @ 06:39
Becky

In response to: Quivers, Arrows and Straight Shots

Becky [Visitor]
I'm praying and calling my children to be straight arrows like Psalm 127:5 describes, so they will not be children that cause shame, like Proverbs 10:5 describes. :) In His grace! Merlin (and Robin and Regina) and Brett are great examples of Psalm 127! All glory to God.
PermalinkPermalink 06/25/14 @ 14:15
Mary

In response to: Well, I Think...

Mary [Member]
Thanks Amy!
PermalinkPermalink 06/11/14 @ 09:36
Amy

In response to: Well, I Think...

Amy [Visitor]
This is right on. I've had similar thoughts but it mostly ended at frustration over the never ending sea of opinion, this is much better.
PermalinkPermalink 06/11/14 @ 09:33
Michelle Sarabia

In response to: Life Isn't Fragile

Michelle Sarabia [Visitor]
I love But God moments.
PermalinkPermalink 06/06/14 @ 11:29
Deborah Clark

In response to: Windbreak

Deborah Clark [Visitor]
Love this so much. Touched my heart as a mother
And awoke my prayer life.. Thank you :)
PermalinkPermalink 06/03/14 @ 10:22