Skip to main content

Show and tell

I love presents and I get as excited about giving them as I do receiving them. I sometimes squeal when other people open theirs, and definitely do when I open mine. Usually I utilize whatever I open right away. It's truly the thought that is most important to me because I love the sentimental value of gifts and what they mean, rather than what they cost. My most prized possessions don't cost a lot but they are irreplacable.

I got a few special Christmas gifts from some of my ladies this week and I wanted to share about it with anyone who wants to see them. I don't parade everything people give me in front of everyone and my intention is never to flaunt, but I when I receive a blessing sometimes I want to tell people about it when something brings me joy. (Also, if you are a person who has ever given me a gift and I didn't post it here please don't think I didn't appreciate or enjoy it, or use it.)


Margaret gave me this Wonder Woman figurine for Christmas. I love it!! People started calling me Wonder Woman years ago and it sort of stuck and I even made my Myspace name "Wonder Woman." At one of my birthday parties they played the theme song while cutting the cake. My husband has it as his ringtone when I call him. So that's why this little gift is meaningful to me, not to mention it came from one of the most fun people alive!


This might just be my favorite thing EVER. Michele gave it to me. It's a tin and on the inside she wrote, "You are loved" and "You are not alone." And inside are a gazillion small pieces of pink papers with different affirmations on them from her to me. They are not just things she pulled out of nowhere but really heartfelt messages from her to me to uplift me on a down day, or really just any day. I am so wow-ed by this gift, and I already used two of the little pink papers and read them although I was not having a down day. :-) I am trying to savor them but I am just so excited to read them all!

This adorable candle and topper combo comes from Juleen who has a home interiors business. I was so excited when she brought it into the party and gave it to me that I immediately took off the wrapper and lit the candle and put it in my entry way. I love it!


If you've been to my home or seen photos of my kitchen here on the blog you know my kitchen theme is tea and coffee. I have teapots everywhere. I am crazy about them, and I use all of them that I have and just keep rotating them. This little teapot night light comes from Donna and was accompanied by an extremely heartfelt letter that meant even more than the gift. Thank you.

Comments

DaNella Auten said…
I agree, gifts it deffinitly my love language! Congrats on all your love!
Love D

Popular posts from this blog

What To Do First to Make a Profit

Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said:

It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way.
Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory!

I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started investing and training and all of that, seeking God for his blessing and…

I'm Just Being Transparent...

This year at the Stronger Conference, a young minister stopped me as I was walking out of the room at the conclusion of a workshop and she said, "I want to tell you something..." (I was all ears.) She said, "Do you notice how many of the speakers this weekend are saying, "Now, I'm just being transparent when I tell you..." or "I'm just keepin' it real..." I nodded yes. In fact, I mentioned that I was one of those speakers. I think I probably said a few times in both my keynote message and my workshop that I was just "keepin' it real."

After I affirmed that yes, I had noticed that -- she said, "Do you know why they have to do that? They do it...and you do it, because so many people don't keep it real. So many in leadership aren't transparent, Deanna. That's why all these people speaking here feel an urge to declare their transparency.." I let her know that usually when I say, "I'm just keeping …

Why You Should Never Hijack a Comment Thread
Social media etiquette 101

One surefire way to kill your influence in social media and wear out your welcome fast is to become involved in derailing somebody’s comment thread with your own agenda. Networking and hijacking aren’t the same thing. It’s surprising how many people don’t understand that this is a guarantee for tearing down a platform as quickly as you build it.


Passion is good, even necessary. I appreciate people's zeal for their personal core values. What is not appreciated is the attempt at a redirection of a comment thread when the comment has little or nothing to do with an original post or is twisted at best.

Social media provides ample opportunity for all of us to share what’s important to us on our own platform. Eliciting others’ responses and developing connections largely depends on our ability to communicate and compel. Some people are open to receiving private communication from others although they aren’t always able to answer personally or at length. But hijacking a comment thread no…