Monday, May 2, 2011

What is Lovely?

Today is Life Made Lovely Monday.
I was thinking this morning about the question,
what is really lovely?

A perfect outfit, or a beautiful home,
a lush garden, gorgeous food,
or adorable crafts, or a fabulous party?

All those things can be lovely.
But, that's not all.
There needs to be more to it than that.
You know, as in Proverbs 11:22
"As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, 
So is a beautiful woman that is without discretion."
(Don't you just love the picture that verse paints in your mind?)

Anyway.  I threw a party this morning.  And it could not be called fabulous.

The company was great.  
The weather was lovely.  
We had some treats.

They are eating rice krispie balls on a stick.  The idea didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.  But, it worked okay.

And we had some fun.

But there was a lot of crazy.
Like I was late for my own party.
Like my kids had some crazy meltdowns.
And just the normal hecticness of having 17 tiny kids running around.
We got worn out today.  

But, you know what is lovely?
Friends coming together for the purpose of blessing someone in need.
Our party at the playground was a Love for Anika party.

With the mom's bringing the $20 for the fundraiser + kids giving their own change,
together we raised $200.64 for Anika's adoption funds.

Gillian wants to make sure that nothing happens to any of the money.
She is sad for Anika & praying for her to find a family.  

Like one of the little boys at the party said, 
it will be great when she gets a mom & dad "so they can say hi to her".
His mommy said, "Yes that.  And SO much more."

Life is lovely when we share the love.

P.S.  do you like my new blog design?  Katy did it!  I love it!
Contact Life Made Lovely Designs for your own!


love said...

YOU PEOPLE BLESS ME. and yes, that totally called for all caps! =)

thank you! tears of joy. thank you for putting you love into action in this special way.

you're the first one! can't wait to hear of the others. thank you, erin.

Kim said...

LOVE that you did this, and I am LOVING seeing how God is using people to find a family for this sweet girl!

Jami said...

I saw this idea on Hannah's blog, such a great idea! So funny, I was thinking how cute your header was...Molly from "Life Made Lovely Designs did my blog!

katygirl said...

erin! this is such a cool idea! and thanks for the sweet shout out. :)

Nessa said...

What a lovely party and the inspiration behind it is even better. I love your blog design... so fun.

Stephanie said...

Agreed! Every day life is lovely...just the simple, crazy, chaotic, wonderful every day.

Do you know what else is lovely? Your new blog design! It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. (Did you do it yourself?)