My mom used to tell me that…I never understood why she was saying it. I didn’t even have self-image issues as a child that I know of. I was happy, oblivious to the fashion world, didn’t watch much television, and went to a country school where everyone else was as poor as we were. I guess she knew I’d need it someday. She knew things would change. She knew when I got out into the “real world” people would expect me to be something more than what I really was. Men, in particular. She knew that boys who were raised to only appreciate what was on the outside would never truly love me for who I was and still am on the inside- a bright, funny, thoughtful, caring, sexy, loving, and creative woman.
Did I mention you don’t see that when you look at me? Well, if you look closely, you might see a little sparkle in my eyes…but over the last year, I’ve had my own evolution of beauty. I’ve gone back to the beginning where my mom first tried to instill in me that I’m beautiful – no matter what others may think of me.
There will always be someone prettier, someone skinner, someone with larger breasts, a smaller waist, smaller feet, prettier hands, etc. etc. etc. But I can be the best version of me – there will never be someone that is a better Karen than me. That’s what I want my two girls to know – they are originals and God made them, so they are beautiful, no matter what the world may think.
I said all of that because Friday, I saw the newest ad for Dove’s campaign for Real Beauty.
So this is the dress I got for Abby for Easter next year.
Can you tell we are “out of season” and “bargain hunters”???
Yes, it’s a mini-bride dress….but won’t she look adorable with her white hat and purple flowers?
The best thing about this dress?
It cost $1.
Yeppers…feeling pretty good about that one.
According to new State of Texas laws, you will no longer be able to use a cell phone while driving unless you have a “hands free” adapter. I have been driving and talking for some time, so I decided to do the right thing and get legal.
I went to Circuit City and they wanted $50 for a headset with a microphone for my cell phone. Having a friend in the cell phone business, I talked with him and was able to come up with an alternative, working through Office Depot. These kits are compatible with any mobile phone and one size fits all. I paid him $0.08 each because he bought in quantity. Then we tried it with Motorola, Sprint, Verizon and Nokia units and they worked perfectly.
Following photo is of my friend modeling our new headset:
Make banana nut bread
Play outside with your kids
Drink hot chocolate
Go through the corn maze
Read a good book
Sleep in on cool mornings
Finish the sewing you started
Clean out the pantry
Cook beef stew
Get involved in your community
Take a walk outside
Today I am so thankful for the wonderful things that God has given me. I am rich compared to most people, I have an adoring husband and three precious children, a wonderful home church and have begun to make some wonderful new friends. Sometimes I forget to just stop…and show appreciation for what I do have. Not just to others, but to my family. I don’t ever want to take our family life and what we have for granted.
For some time, my husband has felt that his time on earth is not going to be long. He has shared this with me before, but I have always pushed it aside, as it has always seemed so absurd to me that he should die at such a young age. But there have been little things…I can’t even begin to explain it all…I do feel as though God is preparing us for something…but I don’t know what. I can’t even begin to imagine it would be that, I pray it’s not. The Bible says we shouldn’t have “vain imaginations”, so I am instead focusing on how truly wonderful it is to have my family all together and how blessed I am to my husband in my life.
I don’t ever want a day to go by that he doesn’t know in his knower that I love him with every fiber of my being and that I feel so blessed and honored that he chose me to be his wife. Somehow, Fall just seems like a great time to begin letting him know…