:: Mr & Mrs. Ed ::

:: Well, it's old news now and I'm sure you've heard that Jillian {made me proud} chose Ed the other night when the Bachelorette came to an end ::

:: It was crazy drama, but it all ended well and they seem sincerely in love. I wish them only the best. Apparently they are planning on being married within a year ::

:: Well, we've still had a major heat wave here and it doesn't seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. We headed out to Cultus lake this evening just to have a dip in the lake. We packed a picnic dinner and headed out to the lake as soon as Paul came home. It was well worth it, the water was beautiful and the breeze actually felt cool on our skin, a welcome change! ::

:: Tomorrow I'm heading down the the US of A to do some shopping, but I'll be back here in the afternoon with pictures of our shower we held for Denay last night ::

:: Good night my Lovelies, hopefully we all sleep well in this heat! ::

:: XO : Shawna ::


:: Quote for Life ::

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It's been stinkin' hot around here, we've been under a heat wave warning for the past two days and we're still gonna get hotter! The last time it was this hot was the Summer of 1998 {the Summer that Paul and I started dating - that was a long time ago!} ::

:: The heat is not conducive to completing tasks in a timely manner as it just s l o w s you down! I've been trying my best though as we've started planning for our new season of Women's Wednesday + cakes + showers + my babies + the house stuff + watering my flowers + Paul&Me time, ah, the list could go on for days! ::

:: I'm heading out to a book shower tonight for my sweet little niece Denay, and you guessed it, I'm making a book cake. I'm trying to get it done today in this crazy heat - pray for me! ::

:: I'm off to corral the kids and take them for a break to the grocery store -- stay cool today Lovelies! ::


:: Old House, New Look - The Roof ::

:: Back at the end of May we had our fascia, gutters and roof replaced -- it was a very expensive job and we're still not quite finished paying for it! ::

:: Here are the pictures, before, during and after -- hope you enjoy! ::


:: This is IT! ::

:: Hey Lovelies, this is the last night of The Bachelorette and I'm having a little get together at my place to watch it all go down ::

:: Here are the details ::
Where: My couch
Time: Between 7.30 & 8.00

:: If you'd love to come and hang out I'd love to have you, my family room is nice and cool and I have plenty of space, so come and join this one person party ;) ::

Ps. send me an email {click on the link on the sidebar} if you need my exact location!

:: Provision Sunday ::

:: So now I have missed two days of blogging -- oh life, how you get in the way of blogging! ::

:: Anyway, I'm glad I didn't post yesterday, not that I didn't have any provision to write about {because I have plenty} but I wasn't feeling anything in particular that God wanted me to write about :::: But today, I know what He wants me to write about, so here ya go! ::

:: I don't work in the traditional sense of being employed by someone, getting ready for work, packing a lunch, taking the kids to day care etc etc. I have not "traditionally" worked since I was 39 weeks preggers with Jacob our firstborn ::

:: I am SO blessed to not be working, but not working isn't ALL fun. I get to deal with the pressures of taking care of the house financially and as a SAHM {Stay At Home Mom} I take that charge very seriously ::

:: Spending money on frivolous things is not an typically an option in our home. Not that we go don't spend money on "wants" because we do. We just need to plan for them. We have been so blessed to have Paul work for really great companies that provide him with sufficient payment for his hard work. But at the end of the day neither of us are employed by the world but by God, maybe that sounds subservient - It's not like we think, "we're going to be good people so that God pays us well this month" but God is our provider at the end of the day, no matter what it looks like ::

:: We have gone through drought in our home where we have 2 cents left in our bank account for the next 7 days before we get paid again -- but it's at those times that "WithLove" comes into play. Now here's the provision part: whenever we're feeling a little tight {like last month, due to putting out $300+ for a wedding Paul's in} I find my influx in cake orders is immediately increased :::: Now, this of course could be called coincidence but it's not, it's the hand of God on our lives providing for us. Not only does He care about increasing our tangible financial income, He also cares about the cakes being timed right so that by me making them doesn't become a total upheaval of our home for a day or two! ::
:: I also have the blessing of Cranberry Creek {my Marms Company} that provides for our family from September - December and let me tell you that income is SO welcome around that time in our home as we celebrate two wedding anniversaries, 4 birthdays {three in our home alone} plus Christmas and all that comes along with that! :::: Although this provision happens often in our home, I'm still always surprised when it happens, I'm a slow learner what can I say!?!!? This isn't to say that I take every cake that comes my way, because I couldn't possibly but if I wanted to or needed to financially, I could --- See because God provides for us over and above, that gives me the opportunity to pick and choose what cakes I want to do ::
:: See so I do "work" just not in the traditional sense --- my jobs include shopping/buying wisely, doing cakes for "WithLove" and working {more traditionally} for Cranberry Creek ::

:: But no matter what I do {or don't do} to provide for our family financially, God's got our back and it's so great to know His provision is there for us - no matter what! ::

:: Here is the verse from my devotions yesterday - funny how it lined up with my Provision Sunday post! ::

| So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. there we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. |

| Hebrews 4:16 |

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