Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Spring! but not really.

It's Spring!
Flip flops, tank tops, flowers blooming, bees, pollen...
But then it was winter again.
We had to dig out our warm coats. Bundle up.
There has been snow. Overnight freezes.

I'm guessing none of my fruit trees will produce this year. Again.
Grrrr... Not that I'm bitter about it or anything...

We're still smiling! Through our chattering teeth, through the wilted flowers, we're smiling.
Look, even the BARN is smiling!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Learning to fear less.

I've never been a particularly fearful person.
Timid, I think. But I guess that's still a form of fear, isn't it?

I suddenly have an opportunity to do something big. Something that's causing me a bit of fear and hesitation.
I'm going to Nicaragua to work with children who live in and near a dumpground. The slums.
I'm going very soon!

I'm going with people I've never met before. I'm hoping they're not serial killers.
I'm pretty sure they're not, but we'll see....

I will be using proceeds from this Fear Less bracelet to fund the trip.

I want YOU to fear less too!
Will you join me on this journey? Will you commit to fearing less in your life?
Commit to acting brave despite the fear!
When you get your bracelet will you take photos of it? Use #TRCFearless so we can find it!
We'll select some images to feature on this blog and our Facebook page! And maybe give some prizes along the way too!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The words of God and Rihanna and Taylor Swift

We've been talking a lot lately about being a light. Rihanna said "shine bright like a diamond."
God has called us to be a light in the world.

But sometimes it's hard!
Some will ignore your light. That's okay. Even in the darkest distance, your light can shine.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5

Some will take great pleasure in trying to puff out your light to watch it flicker.
Taylor Swift said "people throw rocks at things that shine." I believe that to be true.

But here's the deal: You can't control how others respond to your light.
If you see a neighbor in need of light, you can surely share yours. It won't grow any dimmer. In fact, if you can light their lantern, the two combined can shine brighter than one alone.

You shine your light. You won't be able to light the entire world. Many will try to damper it.
You just keep shining.
But your light is between you and God. You shine as Jesus would shine. If they put on sunglasses to not see light, that's between them and God. And He can shine through those sunglasses.

When darkness comes it's simply Him reminding us that we're not home yet. We can thank Him for the darkness and the reminder that there will be struggles on this journey. Thank Him for being the Light that we can turn to.

You're not shining to impress anyone. You're not trying to illuminate the entire world on your own.
You're simply shining because God has told us to shine. You're shining to reflect His Light - the Light of the world.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Friday, March 28, 2014

{Winner!} and The Voice.

First, the winner of the $50 gift certificate from earlier this week is:

"anniemos said...
I am having leftover pork chops for dinner... the men in the house love them, so its all good"

Annie, please email therustedchaininfo@yahoo.com to claim your gc!

Do you watch The Voice? We love it!
It's a great clean show that our entire family can watch together. A local Kansas girl is on this season, and doing so well!
She's on Blake Shelton's team... and I guess Blake let her take a little break because last night Kaleigh Glanton gave a concert at a coffee shop here.
(this is Kaleigh and her dad)

(yes, that longer necklace she has on is from The Rusted Chain!)
I took The Girl on a mom/daughter date. She is a pretty amazing singer herself, and has big dreams of being in Kaleigh's shoes some day so it was such a fun night for us!

Watch for Kaleigh on The Voice. Get her songs on iTunes. This young lady has crazy big talent!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

New and a {GIVEAWAY!!}

After several years of requests, I finally started selling photography prints in my store recently.
(I'm a little slow to change. And a little stubborn. Ha!)

One of the most popular prints so far is Moo.

There's also Big Red Barn.

There are several others as well. Click here to see all the photo prints.

And we have a couple new necklaces this week!

Love My State

Love Being Their Mom (this is so sweet!!)

And because we haven't done a blog giveaway in like a billion years...
Let's give away a $50 gift certificate!

-- What's for dinner tonight? --
Leave a comment here on the blog to enter.
For additional entries: Facebook, tweet, or pin one of the above images to pinterest. (leave additional comments for each thing you do.)

We'll draw a random winner later this week!