F(5) Girls Night Out!

As a stay-at-home mom with a wonderful husband who tirelessly (no pun intended) sacrifices for our family by working many long hours…girls night out has been few and far between for me lately.  I haven’t been taking my own advice that I always tell new moms… “MAKE time for GIRL time!”  Last night I was so excited to get out of the house and see some friends at a special event for ladies by ladies hosted by an adorable children’s consignment boutique LittlePOSH.  I had a wonderful time at the vendor open house and while the night didn’t exactly turn out exactly how I had planned, it was a lot of fun and I wanted to share some fabulous things with you this week.

I first heard about Girls Night Out from my dear friend Chrissy.  There is never a time when I don’t have a wish list of her creations and I was in search of a BIG black flower ring to add to my collection.  When I arrived I found a new style even BIGGER and better than the others I have….but of course…am I ever disappointed?  This is what I call a statement ring!  Chrissy has many new items she will be listing from the event in her store so keep an eye on her Etsy shop!  I am still trying to decide which rosette necklace to purchase!  But my next endeavor upon Chrissy’s recommendation…feathers!?  Stay tuned!

I was very pleased to run into another friend at the event, Stephanie!  She makes the most adorable handmade accessories for little ones…from hats, to hair clips and bows to shoes.  My most favorite for girls is the Newsgirl Cap and for boys the Earflap hats.  I have a certain little mister in our family’s future that I’m hoping Stephanie can create a camouflage look for! 

On my way home I was very pleased with what I had found and my car was very strangely quiet.  I was hoping to meet up with some girlfriends afterwards but timing didn’t quite work out.  What’s the next best thing?  A great big huge ice-cold $1 Diet Coke from McDonalds…in peace I might add!  That’s right…there’s nothing like being satisfied by Zero calories for a buck and a 20 minute ride home with great music blasting with no “Mom…Maxwell stuck his tongue out at me!”…”Mom…Emalynn is smothering Jackson with hugs!”…”Mom…MOm…MOM!” Last night I was thankful for some peace and quiet and wasn’t once tempted to pray “Oh Lord…I pray for buckets.  Bucket seats are a wonderful invention!  Can’t I just have buckets?  Then they couldn’t touch each other!”  I seem to have a solution for every problem…how about you?

With that being said sometimes life isn’t at all what we have planned.  Sometimes it turns out far different.  Sometimes we question and wonder… “Why?”  One of the most important things I’ve learned…most of the time the hard way…is to be content with what the Lord gives me and choose to have a thankful heart….because as Madame Blueberry says from Veggie Tales…”A thankful heart, is a happy heart”.  Those tiny tot toon tales aren’t just meant for children you know!  I won’t lie…I still have a desire for that sleek, shiny black Chevrolet Suburban LTZ to be sitting in the garage of my newly fabulously finished home.  But you know what?  I don’t need it.  And the funny thing about this newly fabulously, beautifully (finally!) finished home…God may have other plans for us in terms of where He wants us to live.  Is it hard for me to think that we just got our home the way we want it and God might be telling us to move on to a place that is a bit out of my comfort zone?  Yes.  But God has never once let me down and I know He is faithful.  If I continue to hold onto something…something that God gave me to begin with…when He tells me it’s time to let go and I don’t listen…then I’m not trusting His plans…I’m trying to make my own.  I don’t know about you…but that hasn’t worked very well for me in the past.

I could show you many more than just 5 Fashionably Fabulous Finds every Friday, but all the treasures and trinkets, threads and thrills this world has to offer…all the girls nights we can squeeze into our calendars…all the ridiculously expensive cars & castles man can make in and of themselves cannot truly make us happy.  I pray this week we all take a step back and really look at the blessings that God has so graciously given us…whether they were what we asked for or not…whether we actually saw them as blessings or not…for all of those times He has given us immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine…and sincerely say “Thank You!”  Until next week my dear friends…XOXO

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   Jeremiah 29:11

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