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Thanksgiving Caddy

I came home earlier this month, on a rainy and cool day, to find an unexpected box on my doorstep! I’d completely forgotten that I’d signed up to review products for Dayspring, so I opened the package hesitantly. To my delight, I found this wooden caddy.

Ok, I took the pictures a few days later so you could see what it is used for! The “Give Thanks” caddy is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal. I’m definitely bringing it home next week for our family gathering.

I love the verse they chose for the front of it; a verse that we should remember every day, not just around the holidays. That’s why this caddy will have a new life after Thanksgiving as a decorative storage in my living room!

The caddy is handmade in India from solid mango wood. It is definitely a quality piece that will have a permanent place in my home for years to come.

Do you have any Thanksgiving themed items around your home? Or have you already started decorating for Christmas? 

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Disclosure: I was provided with this product to review by DaySpring. I was not compensated in any other way for the review and all opinions expressed in this post are fully my own.

Thanks on a Thursday

A few things to be thankful for:

skype dates with faraway friends

the arrival of two copies of Start Something That Matters - one of these copies could be yours! giveaway coming soon…

coffee & art at cuppies & joe in okc

sonic happy hour – love me some cherry dr pepper

…not to mention an amazing new freelancing gig!! 

What are you thankful for this week?

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Women of Faith – Over the Top in OKC

Thanks to World Vision, I was able to attend the Women of Faith conference this weekend. Not only attend, but have some amazing seats!

This was my first time at a Women of Faith (WoF) conference. I’ve attended other Christian conferences (Catalyst, Right Now) but I’d never been to a woman’s conference. You’d think they wouldn’t be that different…but you would be wrong.

The WoF conference seems less like a massive conference and more like sitting down with friends for a cup of coffee. Women like Brenda Warner and Lisa Whelchel share their hearts so freely, their words convey such authenticity, that it seems like they are speaking directly to you. Patsy Clairmont is the kind of woman I would love to have for a grandmother; someone who makes you laugh through tears. Andy Andrews is like that crazy uncle who can’t stay on topic, but shares so much wisdom anyway.

And the talent some of these ladies have is incredible. Sandi Patty has one of the most extraordinary voices I have ever heard. She took the stage and launched into When You Wish Upon A Star. I recorded a little snippet of it:

Her voice and story are incomparable.

Amy Grant performed on Saturday afternoon. Even though she was on the stage, surrounded by seven thousand women (and a handful of men), she played like she was in your living room. She shared stories of her children’s lives before the songs. She strayed from the set list when the mood struck her and played what she felt. Her talented band followed her lead, and it was a beautiful moment.

I think my favorite part, though, was at the end of Amy Grant’s performance. All the speakers and the worship team took the stage with her, and they sang and danced together.

Of course, one of the most important parts of the conference was the presence of World Vision. There were several booths set up around the arena, and they were crowded during nearly every break. Marilyn Meberg told a heartwarming story of her time spent traveling with World Vision in the Dominican Republic. Marilyn was able to watch her newest sponsored child be brought into this world. That precious little baby joined the thirteen other children Marilyn sponsors.

I just want to say another huge thank you to World Vision! I wouldn’t have attended this conference if it wasn’t for their generosity. If you have never heard of World Vision, please visit their website and see what an amazing organization it is. I cannot say enough good things about them!

Giving Thanks – Wedding Dress and Women of Faith Edition

This is a long weekend for me. I was off work on Friday and I’m off again today! I’m loving this freedom, but the whole not getting paid thing is a little rough. Despite that, there are so many things to be thankful for.

On Thursday I went with a dear friend to shop for wedding dresses. Of course, I can’t show you any of the dresses she tried on, but here are some pics of random dresses and me being goofy. (It gets a little boring when you are waiting on the consultant!) By the way, both of those headpieces were actually available for sale. Giant tiaras and feathers for your wedding day? No thank you. 

I attended the Women of Faith conference in OKC this weekend (thanks to World Vision – my post about the conference will go up tomorrow). So many amazing women attended, both as speakers and attendees. And I had awesome seats! Second row, literally next to the Porch (where the speakers sit then they aren’t actually speaking).

211. amazing seats at women of faith
212. tickets to wof compliments of world vision
213. a quick sushi lunch at the downtown itr
214. a walk in bricktown on a beautiful day
215. my heating pad – helps the back pain so much
216. wedding dress shopping with a friend
217. running into an old friend at wof
218. beautiful fall weather…almost too warm
219. a groupon for cut/color
220. a surprisingly funny snl sketch