Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

It's time to start thinking about Mother's Day gift ideas! Although I no longer have my Mom with me, I picked these gifts out thinking of her and what she might like. Of course, Mother's day is the perfect time to give any Mom a gift. Do you have a daughter or daughter-in-law that's a Mom? I'm sure they would love one of these … [Read more...]

Four Years Ago Today

Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, I woke up after a very difficult night. Mom had passed away around 1:30 in the morning. I did NOT want to get out of bed. I didn't want to face the day. The pain was more than I could bear. Three short months earlier we were in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation with Mom and Dad. Mom wasn't feeling well and was being … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

I shared this picture and these words on my facebook page yesterday and I wanted to share it with you too. In honor of Mother's Day, I have to say I would love to have one more hug from my Mom, one more time to hear her say "I love you", one more time to wake up and call her first thing in the morning, one more time to hear her say, "Cyndi … [Read more...]

{Day 21} Beauty for the Heart: Blessings

Day 21 Beauty for the Heart: Blessings

The first Sunday of October I shared about passing on our faith. Last Sunday, we realized that life is short and today I want to share with you what my Mom taught me about looking for blessings. Psalm 67:1-2 says, May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us.  My Mom looked for ways God was blessing her even in the … [Read more...]

Simply Sunday-Beauty Tips

Simply Sunday-Beauty Tips

Happy Sunday Friends! I love sharing fashion and beauty tips but if you've been following my blog for very long you also know, I love to share tips on inner beauty. My sister and I were talking about an upcoming speaking engagement I have and I told her I wanted to share inner beauty tips. She reminded me of this poem. Traci had found it on one … [Read more...]

Life Is A Gift!

Life Is a Gift

Today I'm looking back at the last few weeks and I'm reminded that life is a gift. James 1:17 says, Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Many of you reading my blog know that I lost my Mom in 2009. One of the things that Mom's death taught me is … [Read more...]

Why I Want To Follow My Dreams


Good morning! Well, it's been a wild weekend here in Kentucky. On Friday the temperature was in the 70s and we had thunderstorms and tornadoes. Today I'm waking up to several inches of snow! One thing about living in Kentucky, if you don't like the weather one day, stick around, because it will change. Yesterday was a special day for … [Read more...]

This Is Why I Blog!

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Good morning!! Let me just say that you all are absolutely precious! I feel we need a group hug! :-) I am blown away by all your comments on my Readers Survey (what? you haven't taken it, click here!). You all made me laugh and cry! I'm so glad that you are enjoying my fashion posts but that you also feel Jesus still shines through on my blog. I … [Read more...]

It’s Been Two Years……


Thank you to everyone who entered the Thirty-One Giveaway! I'm so glad I don't have to pick because I wanted you ALL to win. I used my WordPress “And the Winner Is” plugin to pick the winner. Your Winner (confirmed) Author: Kelly Caton Comment: permalink Facebooked it! Congratulations Kelly! Today I'm … [Read more...]

My Dad Is Getting Married……


My mind keeps drifting back to June 2009. Mom and Dad went on vacation with us to Charleston, South Carolina.   June 2009   Mom was not feeling well and was seeing a doctor for what she thought was Atrial Fibrillation. (Two months after this picture was taken we found out Mom had Stage 4 Gastric Cancer) None of us had … [Read more...]

Pajamas, Coffee, and Faithfulness…..

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I'm sitting here this morning in my leopard print pajamas sipping on some wonderful coffee and thinking about LIFE. As I was doing my devotion and reading God's word, I continue to be amazed at His faithfulness. The past two years have been filled with so much change but as I think back I can't have imagined going through it without the Lord. To … [Read more...]

The Day I Stopped Breathing….

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I remember the day I stopped breathing like it was yesterday. August 6th, 2009, two days after my 42nd birthday. We had just had a family get together at my sister Traci's home. Mom had been feeling bad for months and had been to her family doctor and a heart specialist. Because she was getting worse, we felt she needed a second opinion. Her … [Read more...]

Mom Knew Her Purpose……

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Happy Birthday Mom!! Today is Mom's birthday and I have to admit I wish she was here to celebrate it. Some days it's still hard for me to believe that she's gone. It's a reminder to me that life is short and we are here for a purpose. Mom knew her purpose and she lived her life sharing her love for Jesus. If you had met my Mom it … [Read more...]

What Everyone Needs to Know About “Loss”


Most of you know I lost my Mom in 2009 to gastric cancer. Maybe I've talked about it too much. But in many ways it has been therapeutic for me. I needed to share about my hurt, and my loss. And boy have I felt the loss! Not only was she my Mom but she was my best friend,  and my mentor. Many of you understand, you too have felt loss like … [Read more...]

Wanda’s Kitchen….A Note

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No recipe today just a note. So many of you have responded when I share something Mom has written. Mom was a writer....not of books, or of  blogs (although she did start a blog called Walking with the Lord). I knew she was a writer but I didn't realize how much she wrote until after she passed away. We have journal after journal of … [Read more...]

Wanda’s Kitchen……….Baked Tortellini Carbonara


Hi ladies! Today I wanted to share with you a dish I fixed for a sweet young lady in my Sunday School class,  who recently had a baby. It's easy and delicious! I found this recipe at Faithful Dinners. To find out why I love Faithful Dinners you can go here. ( I didn't cook it. I wrapped it in reynolds wrap and put the baking directions on … [Read more...]

Wanda’s Kitchen…..Poppyseed Bread

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Merry Christmas sweet friends! I'm so glad you stopped by Wanda's Kitchen today. I am linking up to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam as part of a Progressive Dinner. You can check out the entire Progressive Dinner here. I'm sharing one of my favorite bread recipes....Poppyseed Bread. Yum! Yum! I was given this bread for Christmas years ago and I fell … [Read more...]

There is Hope at Christmas

Photo Credit I should be calling her on the phone and talking about our plans for the weekend or asking her what she wants me to bring to eat for Christmas Eve at her house. We should be meeting at the mall and catching up on the gifts we've bought and the ones we still have to buy. But we're not. It's my second Christmas without my Mom. I … [Read more...]

Wanda’s Kitchen and a Birthday Celebration!!

  Today is a special day in Wanda’s Kitchen! I’m making a recipe of Mom’s called Ritzy Turkey Ritzy (except I’m using chicken instead of turkey). Mom made this casserole all the time and we all loved it. Tonight I’m having everyone over for my sister’s birthday. Traci will be the BIG 40!! Yes, I said it! We’re celebrating her and the blessing … [Read more...]