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A2Z Letter C—Cover Up My Crafts

Posted by Julie on January 24, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

Here we go, week 3 of Patty Wysong’s weekly meme where we blog our way through the alphabet.

I'm not intimidated by my non-craftiness anymore

C—Cover up my Crafts.

When I was in the sixth grade, I created a mosaic piece that garnered the teacher’s attention. What she didn’t know that week was I was as surprised as she was. I dreaded art so much I used to become physically ill. The next week my project was a mess, and she said as much. In fact, it was Open House week and she let me know she was hiding the current project from my parents and instead showcasing the mosaic.

That scarred me for a long time. I still try to cut a paper heart and my daughter’s looks better than mine. I sew, buttons only. Latchook is probably the biggest achievement I can claim in the craft department. When I say I scrapbook, it’s more a journaling with a smattering of pictures taped together.

I used to be embarrassed by that.


I used to leave during the crafts portion of MOPS meetings.

Or run and grab the sample craft to avoid needing to make my own.

Time and God’s revelation concerning who I really am have helped a lot. I bet many a crafty lady would become ill thinking about speaking in front of a thousand, something I enjoy and am a natural. My mom has the crafting gene. She paints freehand and her quilts rival the Amish. I’m not sure where that talent was when I was growing up, but that is her thing.

My daughter received half a dozen craft projects for Christmas. She always has scissors in hands, dreaming up little projects.

She gets I’ll never be any help in that department.

That’s okay with her, and more than okay with me. In fact, she brings a paper bag lunch each day and she gave up crafting her own bag. Who has the job? Me.

Because I decorate her bag with words. Promises of who she is in God’s eyes and what we believe her to be. Turns out her friends gather around each day to see what I write. She isn’t covering up my crafts, she’s looking forward to her bag each day. My balloon drawings might be sad, but she’s looking at what I can craft—words.

If only that art teacher could see me now!

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What 41 Looks Like On Me

Posted by Julie on March 29, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

I was born on Good Friday with tornado warnings. That sums up my personality more than you know. I now can say I’m in my 40’s but admit, it’s not a phrase I’m tempted to say.

I thought I’d share what this 40 something feels like. If you’re near my age perhaps you can relate.

What 41 looks like on me:

1. I’m growing my hair out and trying different styles just because.

2. I’m noticing my pretty blue eyes more than my double chin.

3. I’m counting the days…to my latest surgery.

4. I’m bolder in the colors I wear and the things I say in love.

5. I’m very aware of my sins.

6. I’m too aware of everyone else’s sins.

7. I’m eating steamed vegetables and loving it.

8. But I’m not completely surrendering the chocolate.

9. I’m not feeling obligated to finish books that aren’t keeping my attention.

10. I am feeling obligated to press in for promises regarding my family.

11. I’m not feeling guilty for booking a cruise for our 15th anniversary, anymore, that is.

12. I’m done worrying what others think and trying to please them.

13. I’m in total heaven speaking and teaching.

14. I’m not sure what my writing future holds but I know who holds my future.

15. I’m believing God for the plans He has for our kids.

16. I’m no longer bound to trying crafts if I don’t want to. I’m not good at it people!

17.  I’m resting and loving it.

18.  The size of my jeans no longer define me. I am a beloved daughter of the King of Kings.

19.  I’m delegating more chores to the kids knowing my job is to prepare them to be someone’s spouse.

20. I can’t believe how fast time is passing but I don’t grieve over years gone by. I’m looking forward and now more than ever longing for my eternal home. Legacy is a keyword for me.

What does your current age look like on you?

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BookSneeze Blogger Review- Sheila Walsh: How to be God’s Little Princess

Posted by Julie on March 15, 2011 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I’m a book reviewer through Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze blogger program. I love the program because you receive a free book in exchange for an honest review through your blog and a commercial website. I post my reviews on Amazon.

Today I’m reviewing Sheila Walsh’s How to Be God’s Little Princess. I loved her previous book, God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible so this was an easy pick for me.

Sheila gives “royal tips for manners, etiquette, and true beauty.” The book includes jewelry craft ideas, easy to read suggestions on dressing modestly yet being fashionable. Sheila includes lots of fun quizzes that helps your eight year old and up daughter to learn more about how God made her.

Sections include:

How to Dress Like a Princess, How to Wear a Tiara (and other princess necessities), How a Princess Perfects Her Poise, How to be Friends Princess Style, How to Dine with Royal Success, How to Sparkle Like a Princess, How to Have a Rockin’ Royal Party,  How to be Media Wise, How to be a Perfectly Polite Princess, How to be a Princess at Home, How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude, How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover.

I have a princess at home. She loves pink, sparkles, tiaras and singing out her words because life is a song to her. She’s had a hard life in a short amount of time but because of that, she knows she’s God’s girl. I can’t wait to share this book with her. Honestly, I plan to hide this in her Easter basket because the book contains treasures far richer than peanut butter cups.

Sheila Walsh: How to be God's Little Princess

I believe this book is a great one to read with your daughter. There are hands on things to do to grow your relationship with her. There are also ideas she can do with friends. The book is full of Scripture to help navigate your princess through royal choices so she can live like the princess in Christ she truly is.

Book Description

A fun guide book for God’s little princesses.

What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. This trendy design features black & white line art and a two-color pink and black interior. The art will tie to each how-to topic in the book—how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more.

To purchase, click here.

Again, I received this book through Booksneeze for free in exchange for an honest review.

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