{struggles, the story, and a little HOPE – day 3 of partying!!}


Do you ever have those days where you just want to pull the covers back over your head and hide for about three weeks???

Yep, me too!!

But there is HOPE!!!

I am naturally an optimist (as you can probably tell just from my exclamation point usage!! LOL!!!), and it hurts a lot to struggle! I want to always be happy and feel great and bop around all cheerful-like! We all do!!

…but that's not really realistic, is it?? There are going to be struggles in life. As I was telling a friend last night, LIFE IS MESSY!!! eeeeek!!

Let me say again…there is HOPE!!!

Today, I have a little gift for you up front!!! A printable embroidery pattern…

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I tell my kids all the time…if we didn't have the valleys, we wouldn't have the mountains.

and btw, it's okay to cry, too!! Sometimes we just need to get the toxins out of our system, for sure!!

Here's a scriptural perspective of the struggle…

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I don't know about you, but I want to be perfect and complete! I know it's not going to happen right now (although, I'm close!! JUST KIDDING!!! LOL!!)

Here are some ways that I walk through my struggles…


I sketch and journal…


I find inspirational quotes…


I go to scriptures…like this one!! He has the victory!! How can that not give you immediate hope????


He has caused me to be born again to a LIVING HOPE!!! Oooooohhhhh!!!! 

I listen to music…

Addison Road – Hope Now

I just stop and ponder pretty things!! (aka smelling the roses!!)


and I create…

So I'm going to share a little fun project I created today (and yesterday! LOL!)…


Paleo Blondies with fun banner

How to make the banner:



paper scraps, scissors (don't use your fabric scissors on paper, please!), glue, 2 bamboo skewers, ribbon, fun treats into which to stick your skewers!!!


Cut out different sized triangles. Lay them out how you would like to see them!


Sew them onto your ribbon slowly.



Put a small dollup of glue about an inch from the end of your ribbon. Put your skewer on the glue and wrap the ribbon around it holding it for a few seconds to set the glue. 


Let it dry…

And then put it on your cake, cookies, brownies, whatever your treat is!!!


I got the recipe for these little sweeties in this book on Amazon:


I loved the taste!! But I love almond flour and coconut flour…that's me!



Super fun treat!!!!


And I have a fun little treat for you…



A coffee cozy, a Starbucks VIA Pumpkin Spiced Latte, some pink rickrack and a GOB of punched out fabric flowers!!! yay!!!!!

All you have to do today is Comment HERE on this post!!!! 

One chance today…

Don't forget, you have chances all week to win, win, win!!!

I hope this post has given you a little bit of HOPE to walk through your story! I'm praying for you today!!



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  1. Reply

    You have the best pictures!

    This must be the verse you were telling me about. It’s a good one. Thanks for sharing.

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    COMMENT! good post! and i do my pennant banners differently, so this was fun to see. love you! <3

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    You sum up so well. Mom

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    This is absolutely a beautiful post! I’ve been walking through some valleys this past year. Your verse is uplifting and encouraging. Thank you.

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    Thank you for this. Hope is my key word for this year and it is nice to see how other people feel about it. My favourite scripture is ‘Be still and know that I am God’, Psalms 46:10. Thank you for another sweet giveaway too, the little flowers are really cute.

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    Thank you Sally. I was just reading Rev. 21 and 22 last night – reminding myself of the great hope we have, and that all our struggles will be worth it in the end 🙂

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    I love your ‘hope’ journal Sally!
    Your blondies look fabulous but I’ve never come across almond flour or coconut flour!

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    I want banners on my next birthday cake. Thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome!! Love this Entry/Post you did today…..Loved it! Thank you for remindin’ us all….

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    That coffee cozy is awfully sweet–that is one of my favorite prints. Thanks for sharing the inspirational thought. I’ll be reminding myself of that in days to come, I’m pretty sure.

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    I have never made a pennant banner – thanks – I am going to try this for my nieces bithday!!

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