Coffee Mug SWAP!



Because I love coffee. And coffee mugs. And fun exchanges. And getting real, honest to goodness mail….. I decided it would be plain ole fun to host a coffee mug swap. Doesn’t that sound fun? Yes! Ok let’s do it!

Here is what you need to do:

~ Send an email with the title “MUG SWAP” to

~ Include the following information:

* Your name

* Your mailing address

* Your blog address AND/OR a few things about yourself that will help your match get to know you (style, favorites, hobbies, etc)




1) SHARE this Mug Swap! The more participants we have the more fun this will be!

2) On or before November 5th you will receive and email from me with all the information about the person you are to buy for.  If you have not received an email from me by November 5th (and you have checked your spam folders) shoot me an email.

3) Thoughtfully choose a mug based on the information you received about the receiver.

4) Mail your mug by November 15th!

5) Excitedly wait to receive your own mug in the mail! When you get your mug be sure to share with us on Instagram and/or twitter by using the hashtag #mugswag2013

*****PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE only sign up if you are committing to send a mug. We want everyone who signs up to give and receive one. Thank you********


Other information:

~ How much should I spend? I would suggest anywhere between $0 and $20. Do NOT feel like you have to spend a ton of money to join in! Target, Etsy, Goodwill….the sky is the limit! Thoughtfulness is much more important than cost!!!

~ Will I be receiving a mug from the same person I am sending one? Nope. Isn’t this fun!? You will not know who you receive a mug from until it arrives.

~ Can I include anything in my package besides a mug? Yes, if you’d like…but keep it simple. A few tea bags, a small stationary set…you get the idea. Also, if you’d like you can include your blog address or a little about yourself.

~ What do I do if I sent a mug and never received one? Please email me at

~Other questions? Email me at

OK, that’s it! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mugswag2013 when sharing about the swap! HAVE FUN!!!


On days when you just want things to be {normal}.

I am openly confessing that sometimes I {my flesh} just want things to be normal. I don’t even know what that means….. Normal to what standard? No clue. Maybe I mean easy? But do I really {really} want that? Would I rather things be normal or would I rather choose to allow The Lord to use my pain/struggle/heartache to slowly draw me closer to Him?

There isn’t really a middle ground.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. ~ Matthew 7:13 {emphasis mine}

There are days that I wake up and pray that God has chosen to heal my son. That the word Duchenne did not exist. That planning for the future didn’t include door widths and wheelchairs.

Days that I hug my three littles and try to forget that one day one of them won’t be able to lift his arms up to hug me back.

Days that I don’t want to get out of bed. {And it is hard to be transparent enough to say these things}

Days that encouraging words are clouded by pain and the closing in of walls.

…and I allow myself to sit in those moments sometimes because this is my life. It is ok if I’m weak. Of course, I’m weak. It’s in the times that I allow myself to really feel  the depths of pain I’m experiencing {as opposed to plastering on the smile and pushing through} that God meets me there. He picks me up and whispers to me that I am not walking this journey alone.

If I deny my pain and pretend everything is all ok then I sacrifice the blessing of God molding me into His image.

In as much as I’d like to think that I really want normal…. I don’t . I want to trust in an awe inspiring God, who in my deepest hurt takes my burdens and transforms them into a beautiful story that is exceedingly and abundantly more than I could ever imagine!

Normal is overrated anyway….