Friday, September 17, 2010

The Winner!!!

I wanted to announce the winner of my 100th post giveaway!

Read on…

You will see way…

Congratulation Tracey from

Lovely Pretty Things, for sharing


Matters of the Heart

Here is Tracey Story….

These last 2 weeks have flown by. 

We're into our school-year routine and it is crazy that it seems like

yesterday we were in our jammies until noon anxiously

awaiting to swim with friends in the afternoon.

In these past two weeks, I've had such a comforting feeling

about what this routine brings.  I'm calling it my

New Normal.


Normal for me used to be one that constantly looked to the future.

Dreaming of 'that day' when 'it' would happen.

What these past few years have shown me has not only grown my

knowledge of how this thing called life works -

but has taught me to stop looking at 'that' time.

Focus on the here and now.

New Normal.


I've been focusing on those whom the Lord has placed in my life.

They have given me richness I feel is at times

too much to bear.  I feel unworthy, and yet - here they are - loving me

and supporting me as He knew I would need.

Those girlfriends I always wanted but thought it only happened to others.

You girls have woken up my heart when I was

just getting used to it being asleep.

New Normal.

My husband and I transitioned from the "what have you done for me lately"

mentality - to the "what can I do for you" way of life that

has only brought us joy and an excitement that we somehow forgot about

as these years went on.  A playfulness and a deeper level

of comfort has entered into our life.  Comfort that is much more than

getting used to morning breath or bed head, but a comfort knowing that my guy

has got my back.  I'm his #1 priority, and he is mine.

New Normal.

Saying a lot more "Yes's" to my daughter has relieved so much of that

self-imposed mom-guilt that we all feel.  Isn't it the worst?

Yes to those things that will fill her brain with memories and bring a smile to her face.

Yes to time with her, yes to the little things.

She has earned it!  She is growing so quickly, and she quite possibly

will be our only shot at parenting.

And while typing that out still does bring a very real tear to my eye

to a wound that won't ever fully be healed - the thought doesn't debilitate me like it used to.

It is a prisoner I've freed from my soul, and I'm no longer weighed down by it.

New. Normal.

Thank you for sharing your feeling with us Tracey!

Thank you all for participating it was wonderful to read each one of your stories.

Have a beautiful day friends!




  1. Felicidades a la ganadora!!
    gracias Lu por este hermoso espacio y sorteo
    cariños desde Argentina

  2. So beautifully put, Lu. Life does bring changes in our relationships with our loved ones. Letting God lead in them is the key.
    hugs and blessings,

  3. What a lovely, thoughtful post Lu! This summer has brought a big change to my life...it was the first holiday that my whole family was not together. But you know what...everything is still ok and I understand. Looove that pink hat too!!

  4. SO beautiful Lulu! We have to take what God has given to us and make the best of it! I love your new outlook on life, you have found such a happy place in your life! I'm happy for you!

  5. LULU!! are you serious!? I'm so beyond flattered and honored...and I cannot wait to have a little tangible heart to remind me of YOU, to remind me of my 'new normal' and to remember to give thanks to Him for giving me an avenue to be loved and supported - all through HIM!

    thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!


  6. Can't really feel bad not winning with a post like - so full of grace! Thank you for sharing!

  7. A beautiful and thoughtful post Lulu.
    I appreciate your sharing with such openness and honesty...it sounds as if your new normal has brought you peace.
    That makes me smile...

  8. A New Normal how lovely. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  9. I dont comment very often but what you wrote blessed me! Thanks for writing down what was on your heart. Sometimes I think we forget how valuable the things we learn from God really are, even for others! Thanks for sharing your new learned truth.

  10. She certainly deserved to win...what a beautiful post!!

  11. ~*~*Wow Lulu you picked the perfect winner!!! ;) I love her post..Blessings,Rachel~*~*

  12. congratulations to one of my favorite bloggers and friend!

  13. Oh, how lovely! Congratulations, Tracey!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  15. what a gorgeous heartfelt story! congrats Tracey - you deserve it! :)

  16. Beautiful....inspiring....and a total blessing. What a wonderful role model Tracey is to not only her family....but to us, too. I want to embrace her New Normal in my life.... :)

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

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