Saturday, December 26, 2015

a short obituary

"You shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  Acts 1:8, NASB

If I were to die right now, my obituary would be short.  Sometimes this bothers me.  Like I'm not leaving a legacy for my children.  Like a list of accomplishments and involvement translates into such!    

This is my season to say no!   I serve on no committees.  I am not involved with any civic organizations.  I do not volunteer my time or resources to the community.  I do not teach Sunday School.  Nor do I hold any offices within my church. 

Instead - I serve my Lord.  My home, my family, is my calling, the organization that receives all my time and all my resources.  I teach my three littles who are five and two years old and eight months old.  And their every need and want is my office.

So, despite a potentially short obituary, a legacy IS being made.  I'm doing what God has called me to do, "I am a witness in my home, in La Grange, in Greene County, in North Carolina."  And God only knows what remote places of the earth these little hearts will go!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

ALERT: New Younique Products

Can you believe its almost September?!?  School starting.  Getting organized and on routine again.  Little Jack (ahem, WD, he claims he isn't little any more) will be in Kindergarten! Ava is trying to keep up with him at 2 years old.  And Walt is a whopping 4 month old! Needless to say we are sorta organized and kinda on a routine. (Maybe I'll share some pictures with you in the next post!)
And then there's new makeup!
Mark your calendar for THIS Sunday, the 23rd, at 9 ( soon as I can get the kids down ;) ) and join my FB group, Extreme MakeUp Bag Makeover-Younique Edition to see what exciting new products Younique will be introducing come September!  And I will be taking preorders from now until end of August!
And this will be a party!  So there will be games and prizes!  And one lucky person will receive the hostess rewards from this party!  Eek!  That's at least one 1/2 price item (which CAN be used on a COLLECTION!) and $20 Y cash!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Momentary Suffering - Part 2

Two weeks.  I am so ashamed.  It has been two full weeks since I’ve cracked my Bible and resumed this Philippians Bible study.

It has been two full weeks that I’ve argued with myself back and forth about willingly embracing suffering.  And as I write this, I think, but I’m suffering either way - illness versus dietary changes.

And you’re thinking:  What a dork!  Putting so much unnecessary energy on food consumption.  We’ve all had some battle with our diets.  Put on your big girl panties and deal with it already!

A Woman Used by God

Then I read in Romans 8:18 (NASB):
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Now, Paul is explaining that we are heirs of Christ.  Therefore we suffer with Him through mockery, ridicule, physical persecution.  But we are also heirs to His glory in the resurrection of our bodies and complete Christlikeness.

Yet, this verse answers the struggle I’ve been wrestling with all week - that this dietary observation is but a mere wrinkle in time, only a drop in the bucket.  And the inevitable sufferings necessary during this transformation is of no comparison to the vitality, life, and health on the other side. 

So, yes, I do need to put on my big girl panties.  But not because I’m a dork (well, maybe a little), but because God has so much awaiting me, so much to reveal to me on the other side of healing. 

(And yes, I know, yet again, I totally took that verse out of context.)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Momentary Suffering - Part 1

"For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake."  Philippians 1:29
I probably should be in church with my family right now engaging in corporate worship with fellow believers.  My husband took the 3 kids  - yep, he got all 3 of them ready this morning and braved taking them to church all by himself, even the 8 week old, who loves mommy’s milk and is insulted when offered a pacifier.  Told me to have the morning to myself.

My to-do list raced through my brain

  • fold and put away the 7 piles of laundry accumulating on the couch
  • tidy up the kitchen from the past several meals and clutters of papers from this past week
  • prepare the samples for mail for my makeup business, Younique
  • catch up on the bookkeeping for my cloth diaper business, Wee Little Changes
  • read the next chapter in the book, Healing Digestive Illness by Russell Mariani

Instead, I decided to return to my Bible study.  Long overdue.  Desperately needed.  Why is spending time in the Word the first thing I give up when there’s too much in my schedule?!?  I should have never taken maternity leave from this!

Continuing in Philippians concentrating on Philippians 1:29, “to suffer for His sake.”  And immediately I am reminded of a decision that I need to make, have to make even.  Once I make it, I do not want to turn back.  But it also means giving up everything that I know and am familiar with.  A complete redirection.  And possibly the criticism of modern culture (which is the least of my worries, except when it comes to well meaning intentions of close family and friends).  Oh!  That dreaded first step!  But it’s for my health and the health of my family.  Should be an easy commitment, right?  Suffering, suffering, suffering!

What does this have to do for His sake?  My current state of being is a far cry from basking in the joy of the Lord!  Exhaustion, non-existent energy, sluggish, chronic pain, muddled thought processes, overwhelmed, overweight, depression, anxiety.  Existence is a state of survival.  I am reasonably young, 34.  And this is NOT how I want to live the rest of my life!  This is NOT how I desire my marriage to exist.  This is NOT how I want to experience the childhood of my kids!  And I certainly do NOT want them to grow into adulthood with these same health problems! 

I long to embrace the full potential my life can be for the glory of God!  Vivaciousness, overflowing with energy, pain free, clarity of thought with magnificent ideas and exhilarating plans, peace, health with all the joy one can possibly choose.  Not merely existing. 

To continue on in my current existence and all its ills is an awful price to pay for the momentary suffering for a future full of life!

(I know I totally took that verse out of context, but those were my first thoughts back into my Bible study upon reading the first paragraph.)

Monday, February 9, 2015

My Younique team is growing by leaps and bounds! 
And I'm so proud of my Lashy Ladies. 
They've jumped in and are on fire! 
And I'm realizing and growing my leadership skills. 
Younique has definitely changed my life - 
for me, my family, and the families of my team!

Monday, February 2, 2015

February is All About You!

It's ALL ABOUT YOU in February with Younique!

There's 2 Kudos!  I know, so exciting!  
One for Customers and One for Hostesses!

Customers can get a Love It Bundle with some of our best sellers

  • Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes
  • Passionate Eye Liner
  • Lovesick Lip Gloss
Purchase now 
and get your eyes and lips ready for Valentine's Day!!!

Eeek!  And Double Party Points for Hostesses!!!
I still have a few dates on my calendar for parties!  
Let's get the girls together 
for a fun time on Facebook or a relaxing party at your place!

I cannot tell you how excited I am to start this February with Younique!  
Because of loyal customers and a growing team, 
I promoted to PINK! 
Thank you!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Eek! Younique's BIG 2015 News!

Younique revealed it's BIG news earlier today
  • our new spring 2015 product lineup
  • and our new markets!

From top to bottom, left to right:
Stiff Upper Lip, Lip Stain (in 7 new colors)
Beachfront Bronzer (in 3 shades)
Shine Eye Makeup Remover Cloths
Cream Shadow Brush
Blending Buds
Splurge Cream Eye Shadow

For further details, view the announcement made by Derek and Melanie, themselves!