Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Old Rugged Cross

I just wanted to stop in to say that I have decided to take a week or so off from the blog. 
On Sunday, my grandmother passed away.  I watched her go.  Have you ever experienced that?  It is both a blessing and a curse.  This is my second experience watching a grandparent pass on, and it did not get any easier.  But I am glad I was there, and I would not change it for the world. 

So I am going to be busy for the next couple of days with the viewing and the funeral, and then we have a trip planned for Spring Break.  I just need to spend some time with my family and not worry about anything else right now.

My grandmother was one of the best people I have ever known.  She loved God with all of her heart.  She was a simple and wonderful person, and I will be forever grateful that she was my grandmother.

I will leave you with this – the lyrics to my favorite hymn.  And the reason it is my favorite is because it reminds me of my grandma.  I so clearly remember her singing it to me on many occasions.  And every time I hear it, I think of her.  
The Old Rugged Cross
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
        So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
        Till my trophies at last I lay down;
        I will cling to the old rugged cross,
        And exchange it some day for a crown.

  Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
  Has a wondrous attraction for me;
  For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
  To bear it to dark Calvary.
In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

I copied the above lyrics and image from this blog.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Spring Living and Dining Room

I just decorated for Spring last weekend.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, It was just that I had a couple of projects going on in our bathrooms.  So I didn’t have time to do it.  But I am happy to say, I finally got around to it, two weeks before Easter.  I didn’t do much.  There are other things I still want to do, but I am not going to put pressure on myself.  I have a lot going on right now with Miss 18 Year Old’s graduation, so if these things don’t get done this year, we will all live. 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

EShakti Review- Check Out My New Dress!

Have I told you that Miss 18 Year Old is getting ready to graduate from high school next month?  Well, she is!  I have so many mixed emotions about this, and having a senior brings so many things for me to stress about!  We have several functions that we will be attending for her upcoming graduation, and I have been on the market for a few new dresses.  I love this eShakti dress paired with the little black cardigan and lady like black pumps. 
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sweet Parrish Place- March in Review

March was a pretty productive month for Sweet Parrish Place.  This time of year I am always so much more motivated, because I know Spring is on the way!  Just in case you are new to Sweet Parrish Place, or you missed something, here is what has been happening around here. 

Living Room Update- A New Area Rug


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday 04/09

Welcome to my Weekly WIWW post!  Every week, for several months now, I have been taking pictures of my outfits and joining the WIWW link party with The Pleated Poppy.  These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion.  I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways.
In case you are new to my blog, I am a school counselor at a middle school.  That is my career.  Most of the outfits are things I wear to work.  I dress accordingly.  I work in a school full of hormonal teenage boys and girls, and I dress conservatively for my environment.  These are basically teacher outfits!  I do also post things I wear on weekends and those outfits are sometimes not as conservative.  Let’s get started!  I love this first outfit!  The black skirt and shirt are designed by a friend of mine.  She has an Etsy shop called Little Black Designs.  If you read my WIWW post last week, I introduced you to another of her dresses.  This little black tee and skirt are so comfortable and versatile.  They can be paired with virtually anything!  I wore it with this striped cardigan at work.  I usually need a sweater because it is cold. 
I wore the hose to work with the cardigan, however, If I were to wear just the skirt and shirt, I would probably take the hose off and change out the shoes.  I didn’t do that here, I actually wore this with the sweater, but wanted to show you these pieces without the sweater. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trashtastic Tuesday- Updating Books and Boxes With Wrapping Paper

Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday!  This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  Today, I am showing you how I used wrapping paper to give a little pizzazz to some things I already owned.  First up, these little storage boxes:


Monday, April 7, 2014

Cool Frames For a Cause

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Have you heard of Warby Parker?  They make updated and refreshed classic vintage eyewear styles.  Their collection of frames is both contemporary and refined.  I never wore glasses until after age 30.  Over the years though, I had to start wearing them to see long distances, and more recently I have had to resort to reading glasses.  Miss 18 Year Old, however, has been wearing glasses since 1st Grade, and Mr. 14 Year Old needs them to see the boards at school.  So, both them and I spend a significant amount of time looking for affordable and attractive eye wear.  And I am one of those people who can not step outside in the sun without sunglasses.  I feel like the sun blinds me, so I am never without protection.