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Tricia - September 29, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Beautiful ‘Tropical Paradise’ captures, but I absolutely LOVE that last shot! WoW Incredible! =)

Peace, Chaos, and a Yellow Camaro

Suits me, don’t ya think? * I am always amazed how certain things just stop chaos cold. I don’t mean big, extraordinary things, like births, proposals, serious illness or death. I mean little, ordinary things, like oversleeping, fender-benders, forgotten appointments, car problems. Stuff happens, it just does. How do you handle these inconveniences? Do you […]

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Shenoa - September 24, 2011 - 1:35 pm

You were rockin’ that car! My boys would have loved loved loved me because it looks like Bumblebee from the movie Transformers, minus a black racing stripe!!

Dawn - September 24, 2011 - 2:11 pm

You are such an amazing lady, I love this and I feel the same , people think
I am crazy but it is the little things, that remind us we can’t do everything on our own. We need God, and family to keep us going. Also sometimes I get so wrapped up in the schedule and appointments, the more important things get left in the wayside. These little “inconveniences” bring me back to the most important things.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - September 24, 2011 - 6:50 pm

well that was beautiful patty. i have to remind myself daily to just be.

hannah - September 25, 2011 - 12:19 pm

That is SOME loan car.
Ought to give you a high for months :-)
I hope you are doing some serious showing off around your neighbourhood.

Cathy - September 27, 2011 - 12:00 pm

beautiful post, patty. and the way you photographed the yellow loaner makes it look like it has a personality!

Ruth - September 27, 2011 - 8:23 pm

I love Camaros. My brother works for Chevy and brought one home for the weekend. I just had to take it for a ride. It was the Bumblebee Camaro from the Transformers movie.

Love this car. I am sure you are the coolest mom driving around town in that car.

Love this look at life’s bumps in the road.


Michelle - September 28, 2011 - 10:51 pm

I’m totaling trying to embrace those moments too…it’s becoming easier the older I get…I’ve decided that I really like the calmer me:) Oh, lovin’ the yellow Camaro…so much fun!!!

[…] so stinkin’ full of herself. And I am so grateful for that. I’ve paid attention {I mind}, though, and there are things I’ve seen that are both empowering and destructive in building […]

31 days

I’m cheating this week with my Sweet Shot, and I know it. This photo was taken eight years ago with an Olympus point-and-shoot, my first “real” camera. It was film, and has aged, and lacks in quality, but I think it is the Sweetest. Shot. Ever. This is my daughter, Lexi, and she was about […]

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Seeing Each Day - September 20, 2011 - 10:52 am

No that’s not cheating at all. That first shot really is ever so sweet. And your last is very emotive.

kim - September 20, 2011 - 10:59 am

It’s hard for me not to type a full chapter here. I would be interested in helping you locally if there’s anything I could do in my time off. This is such an important project. Thanks for posting.

deb - September 20, 2011 - 11:42 am

This is such a wonderful topic! I’m looking forward to your series even though I do have boys.

Marty - September 20, 2011 - 12:18 pm

Beautiful Patty! Pictures brought tears to my eyes. What a great project. You are an amazing advocate for our community of young women.

karen - September 20, 2011 - 12:29 pm

patty, i am so in to help you with whatever you might need. being in the schools, that is such a big concern. let me know how i could help in this area.

emily - September 20, 2011 - 1:09 pm

What a great idea! That first shot is priceless!

Gina - September 20, 2011 - 1:45 pm

Beautifully written & beautiful shots! She is LOVELY!! I think it’s a fine line that we all walk as women. We want to be the best person we can inside & out – but trying not to be too critical at the same time can be difficult.

Chantale - September 20, 2011 - 2:25 pm

This is such an incredible post. That first image is priceless, I really love it. Actually, I love all of these photos. They’re gorgeous. You have a beautiful daughter. She looks wonderfully self-confident already. : )

joann - September 20, 2011 - 4:02 pm

I always tell them, “I love you when you’re good, I love you when you’re not, I love you all the time. No matter what, I love you.”

Great idea patty. I’m thinking of hopping in to the 31 days thing…but I’m skeered. :)

Susan - September 20, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Sounds wonderful. I’ll be back!!

Cathy - September 21, 2011 - 12:59 am

Service to others (regularly)
An outlet outside of school which provides a different social group
Listening to them
Laughing with them (and helping them to keep things in perspective)
Being grateful out loud
Having fun together
Keeping our home a sanctuary
Reminding them we (parents) experienced the same insecure feelings…it’s part of growing up
Explaining actions (their’s and others) by bringing in self esteem (eg “you know so and so sleeps around because she is searching for something, etc) and talking about how we don’t always have to act on our feelings
Telling them how much I enjoy their company (difficult through puberty :)
Setting boundaries and having consequences (even though they complain “you’re so strict!” sometimes, I know they feel safe and have used us as a reason to make the better choice (we tell them to blame us, eg “my parents would literally ground me for life!”)

I’ll keep thinking :)


teachinfourth - September 21, 2011 - 3:49 am

You have a wonderful set of photos here…it’s amazing just how quickly time goes.

Stasha - September 21, 2011 - 7:04 am

Lovely shot, all of them. In fact the first one is great, old is gold remember!

mindymusing - September 22, 2011 - 1:08 am

I love this set of photos. That first one just captures the unadulterated joy of childhood. I also love the idea of the whole post. Thanks for sharing it.

Ruth - September 27, 2011 - 8:35 pm

I look forward to this wonderful series. Your words are always thought provoking and moving. I know that we will all be blessed by your insight.


[…] visiting from the blogging campaign, please scroll back and visit any of my posts in October, or here for the start of my 31 Days series, “31 Days to Nurturing Her Self-Esteem”. Or come back and visit me […]

[…] better, easier, [more joyful] for others, for someone, [for her]. In preparing for and in doing my 31 Days series last fall, I met some women who feel like I do and we decided to [do] something. There are six of […]

[…] Last year, at the last minute, I jumped on board the 31 Day Challenge that Nester hosts. We were challenged to post every day for 31 Days on a singular topic. I don’t like to post every day, and honestly, I don’t like to read posts on one blog daily… I get behind in reading and feel compelled to catch up (truthfully, I just don’t want to miss anything!) and that stresses me out and I collapse and give up reading that blog all together. But the challenge intrigued me {I love challenges!}. ¬†At that time, I was really concerned with my daughter’s sense of self, and so I decided to accept the 31 Day Challenge, and began to research and post on Nurturing Her Self-Esteem. […]

[…] better, easier, [more joyful] for others, for someone, [for her]. In preparing for and in doing my 31 Days series last fall, I met some women who feel like I do and we decided to [do] something. There are six of […]

Grace for The Good Girl

I received a copy of Emily’s book, Grace for the Good Girl, a few weeks before it hit the stores, and I have been swimming around in her words since. There are so many levels on which Emily speaks about Grace and being a Good Girl, but several specifically resonate with me. I have a […]

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Cate - September 18, 2011 - 9:41 pm

This sounds a perfect book Patty – am so glad that it has refreshed your soul and will be looking into it for myself.

joann - September 19, 2011 - 12:54 am

I was just thinking about joy! I want it, I seek it, and I’ve got Emily’s book by my bed to encourage me on my journey. :)
thanks for sharing!

kim - September 19, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Ahhhh, so refreshing to know there are others who see what grace is about. Around here (the South), everyone wants to know where we attend church. It’s so hard to get people to grasp the reality that Christ took our place, and that God sees HIS goodness, not ours. There’s nothing we can do to undo his love. So hard to grasp for some, apparently. I could go on and on…Have a beautiful day!

When a Push-up Is More Than Just a Push-up

It should come as no surprise that a push-up isn’t just a push-up to me. It is a battle against foes: my own weakness and time, preconceived notions of what I can {or cannot} do, fear and insecurity, distrust. And so, it becomes not just a floor I push against. It is all that is […]

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Cate - September 16, 2011 - 10:04 am

Girl – I absolutely GET it!!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - September 16, 2011 - 2:29 pm

i feel like i’m pushing against everything right now. i loved that commercial. we just discovered the crossfit movement. my honey was all over it. now i’m going to get my running shoes on. thanks for the motivation and the message. have a great weekend girlie.

Sandra Grant McGowan - September 19, 2011 - 12:17 pm

Thanks for the motivation, inspiration, and the push!!

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