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Grand Opening

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standing on the edge

I think we've all been there before.

You know that place...looking out on the edge of eternity.

On the verge of greatness...

On the brink of a miracle...

And then devastation hits and all hope,
all dreams,
all plans seem lost.

Here's the good news.  They're not lost--not by a long shot.

Over the course of this summer, Oklahoma has been lost to drought.  The economic and environmental challenges this drought brought have seemed devastating.  Farmer's are paying as much as $100 for a bail of hay that would have cost $20.

This is not good.  Not good at all.

And then a few weeks ago we were rocked with wildfires that threatened entire towns.  Actually, there were a few towns that were destroyed.  Many homes were lost.  Many business were lost.

But this tragedy did bring some good.  For one, it proved as a source of unity.  Family and friends fought the fires together.  And when the fires were over, the communities came together to provide aid to people who'd lost everything they owned except each other.

But that's not all.  Next year, it is very likely that the crops will be more productive because of the nitrates restored to the ground from the ash.  In fact, my friends' yard is already greener than it's been in years.  The trees are bare, but the's green and lush and good.

One thing is for certain, God never says that life will be easy.  In fact, He says life will be difficult.  It's going to be hard.  We will have hurt and pain.  Life won't be easy.  But life's outcome, hardship and famine, does not negate God's goodness and faithfulness.

In Romans 8:28 we find a much quoted scripture that I'm afraid is often used incorrectly.  "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."  Looking at the context, Paul flatly tells the church of Rome that they will experience trouble, but ultimately God's perfect love will keep them.

Here's what's remarkable: God's perfect love will keep you too.

If you and your spouse are on the brink of divorce, God's love will keep you.

If you've lost your job and don't see any hope in the market, God's love will keep you.

If you've been rejected by the only person you've really loved, God's perfect love will keep you.

If you feel lonely and sad and cold there's warmth and happiness and joy.  God's perfect love will keep you.

When all hope seems to be lost, never to be recovered, God's perfect love will keep you.

In the meantime, submit to His plan and allow Him to be supreme Lord over your life.  Another difficult step, true, but one that will be most worth it all.

Recently I've come to understand this.  I hate hurt whether that be emotional or physical or even spiritual. But there is beauty in the pain.  There is life in the pain.  Pain helps me to feel real and alive.  And it makes the times that are full of joy and happiness that much sweeter.

Find love today and be inspired to give love today.  There's hope in pain.

Jewelry Swap Time!

I've got to show you this gorgeous necklace I received as part of the Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife Jewelry Swap.  First, thank you Melissa and Kendall for organizing and putting together such a cool link up.

Are you ready?

I love this necklace.  I just have to thank Melanie Kaminski from Metropolitan Money Pit for this necklace.  And it is so me!  Melanie took the time to look through my fashion choses to find a necklace that I'd like.  That's just plain nice.  Please check out her blog, like her on Facebook, or follow her on Pinterest or Twitter.

Thank you, Melanie!

Until next time...

Sister Talk--Fall Television


Epic Fail

To you, my dear bloggy friends, I have an apology to make.

I came into this week with high expectations of this blog and myself.  I planned to post like everyday and I even posted that it was going to happen.  (For your visual proof.)  But then, life came swooping down on my head and destroyed those plans.

It caught me off guard, I tell you, and I still haven't recovered.  From some of the things that happened this week I don't know if recovery is a possibility.  It hasn't all been bad.  Maybe none of it was bad.

Here's a little clip from an adventure that happened yesterday.  I've decided that I no longer want a pet alligator.  I'm going to hold out for a mouse.


Follow Me Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome to Follow Me Wednesday Blog Hop!
3 Four and Under
is proud to bring you {Follow Me Wednesday}

Thank you for linking up each week, we really appreciate it!  
This is a wonderful way to meet new people and follow some awesome blogs!
Please remember to tell your friends! 
The more the merrier!

I would like to welcome our co-hosts for this week
All My Love for All My Days   Momity   
Simply Helping Him

A big thank you to last weeks co-hosts!  We had 68 blogs linked up last week!  Lets see if we can get to 100! If we get 100 blogs linked up, I will giveaway a large sidebar ad space!

Here is what you do!
1. Please add your blog address to the blog hop list.
2. Please follow the host and co-host blogs!
3. We would love you to tweet about the blog hop.

4.  Please place the Follow Me Wednesday button somewhere on your blog
5.  If you are new to this hop, Welcome, and please leave us a comment and we will be sure to follow you back!  And make sure to visit this weeks co-hosts and show them some love.
 6. Then, visit the other blogs on the list. 
Follow them and I'm sure they will follow you back!
Please leave them a comment telling them you are visiting them from {Follow Me Wednesday}!
We all love comments!

Please link up family appropriate blogs only, any blogs that are not family appropriate will be deleted




Sister Talk: The Sister Challenge

Dalayna from Pointing Up and I are taking the Sister Challenge.  Let's see who knows each other better.  You can find Dalayna's response by following this link.

Thanks for joining and we'll see you next week for Sister Talk!


On the Blog this Week

This week is going to be a big week for the blog.

Monday--Sister Talk (coming later today)
Tuesday--Vegetarian is the Way update
Thursday--Style Files & Sponsors Post
Friday--Last segment of the Parenting Series for the Summer
Saturday--Pinned it, made it Challenge

On top of that there's a giveaway happening now that includes ad space and goodies from the Blue Jay Boutique.  (link here)

See, I told you it was going to be a big week and I'm looking forward to it.

Sponsor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Hello dear friends.  I've got some exciting news.  Today is your lucky day because not only do you get to meet three awesome sponsors, you also get the get to participate in an amazing giveaway.  If you are interested in sponsoring All My Love for All My Days check out this page.  Also, use promo code FEELINGIT25 to receive 25% off your ad purchase.

So are you ready?  Here we go...

My {Not So} Glamorous Life

Jennifer shares, "[I blog because] It is my creative outlet. It is one of the things that is just for me. It doesn't belong to my kids, my husband, my family. Just me. It's all mine, and I need that."
As I've read Jenn's blog I have found her to be a very positive. Every Wednesday she writes a series called What I Love Wednesday. She is so great about commenting and connecting to her readers. On top of that, she has three kids. I remember a tweet from last week. School's fixing to start for her kids. She's putting them on a schedule. I think that's good. Kids need structure and love and she's giving it to them. You've got to stop by her blog!

Bee Littlequeen
Brit writes about blogging, "I blog because I love to write. I love meeting new people and making friend connections. I hope that through blogging and sharing my life that I can inspire others to just be kind and love. I also wish that through me blogging, people find hope or humor when they visit my blog." I think we can all agree that Brit does inspire us. I know she inspires me.

Pointing Up
{Blog} Facebook {Twitter} HelloCotton {Bloglovin'}
This young lady is my sister, Dalayna. I love her very much and I love living with least most of the time. If you haven't, you need to check out Sister Talk. It's a vlog series that happens every Monday.
When asked why she blogs she wrote, "To escape from my older sister." Now, we all know Dalayna is fool...excuse me, full of humor, so we must pardon her ridiculous use of satired prose on this occasion. However, with her next impropriety it shall be off with her lovely head. No, really, I love her.
And now the moment we've been waiting for...a giveaway!

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my piece of earth

There are those pieces of earth that heal your soul.
     They remind you who you are
           Who you're called to be
           How you think
           How you feel
That plot of soil calls me to it's bed of green
      and when I'm there I feel home
          self assurance
     Peace in the friendships
     Self assurance in the education
     Trust in the memories
I love my piece of earth and I feel it calling me now, and every more, to be more, to love more, to give more--
               to serve even more

Today I got to go to my "piece of earth."  Not to be Scarlet O'hara are anything, but it's my's a place that I remember who I am and the relationships that changed me life...the experiences that molded me...and I find a renewed solidity in myself and in God.

Thanks for letting me share.

All My Love for All My Days,



It's Monday...It's Sister Talk!


Sitting Pretty

I've always been fascinated with beautiful tables adorned with dinnerware finery and since fall is quickly approaching if is now time to pull out the fallware.  (Do you do that?  Do you have different tableware for the seasons?)

It's true that not all of the tableware settings below are fall, but all a pretty, at least to my eyes.

I hope these table setting tips are helpful.  Your table is your canvas and your plates, knives, and goblets are your paints.  Go create.

1. When setting a table, start with a theme.

I love this setting because of the colors, but I also love the use of the succulents in the table decor.  In this picture the peacock feather is obviously the theme.  While the peacock feather theme is slightly overused, there are few natural elements with such use of color.

2.  Don't forget the simple things.  Simpler can be better.

When it comes to most things in life, I would never say that simpler is better.  I mean, seriously, I'm a southern girl with big hair and bling on every item of clothing I own, but there is something to be said for the simplicity of this color combination.  Chromatic colors can be better as long as they fit with your theme.

3.  When decorating a table, build volume in the middle and really all over the table.

Create layers.  Add depth.  Experiment.  If we're thinking in the terms of art, the more layers a canvas holds the more dramatic a piece appears.  The same true with a table.

4.  The beauty is in the details.

Just forget that saying about the devil being in the details because that's not true.  It's the little things that make your guest feel important, needed, and wanted.  More than anything your table should invite your guests and you to enjoy the entertainment and the relaxation that comes with the company of friends and family.

Thank you for taking time to read this post.  If you'd like to see more tables settings that I love right now, here is a link to my pinterest board.  Oh, and don't forget the giveaway.  It's a good one.



It's Time to Celebrate

It's time to celebrate and celebrating always mean a giveaway.  

We are celebrating the success of "All My Love for All My Days."  With your help and God's help this blog has grown.  I am thankful to you for reading and commenting.  

I can only hope and pray that you are inspired through these posts to show love everywhere you go.

Thank you and help me spread the word.

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Over the last few days I have been overwhelmed with this truth.  It's not enough to want change.  It's not enough to talk about change.  If true change is going to happen, about anything in life, it will only happen after action is taken.

It seems like every picture that makes its way into my timeline and every forwarded email that shows up in my inbox is a heartbreaking story of tragedy or inspiration.  Some ask for money, some encourage an emotional response, but all--all--compel the viewer to make a difference and pass the picture or pictures or email along.  Yet, passing along doesn't change the problem.  Raising awareness doesn't change the problem.  

But action does.

So here's my encouragement to you.  Believe me, this is a project that I'm doing tonight.  Make a list of goals--steps you can take to change your world.  Read that list everyday.  Look for your opportunity to act on that step.  Rather than passing it along do something to change the problem.  

It's your responsibility.  

It's your choice.  

It's your chance to be great and make a difference in the world.    

All My Love for All My Days,


P.S.  One person can change the world.

For the Love of Coffee Link Up

This is a copy of a post that I wrote about coffee a month ago.  I hope you enjoy and I really encourage you to link up with us!

It was Christmas morning after a long Christmas Eve.  I was about nine but I always thought I was an adult and I always acted more self-important than I actually was.  After all, I am the oldest grandchild on that side of the family.  As I sat at my grandma's kitchen table with my great-grandma sitting next to me I got up the courage to reach over and take that mug.

This was it.  This was the moment I proved my adulthood.  I made the journey and was ready for my task.

As I felt the warm heat from the dark liquid my heart began to race.

If I had only known that my life would be forever changed.

This one addiction would drive me to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

I would drive all the way across town for one smooth drop of that dark, chocolate liquid.

So here, on Christmas morning, I began up the road of addiction, one that I still haven't quite gotten under control.

Coffee--the bane of my existence.  If only you were so good.

Now it is your turn!
1. Write a coffee related post (it can be anything, make it the way
you like it)

2. Link your *coffee related* post up on one of the host's blogs

3. Follow your 5 hosts via GFC & check out some other cute coffee
lover's blogs


5. Grab a button and spread the word

6. Have an extra cup of joe today FOR THE LOVE OF COFFEE!

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GFC Blog Hop!

It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!
Every week this hop grows and grows. I have so much fun with it and I hope all of you are too! Last week we had our highest link up number with 330 links. YAY! 

When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and  nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have. 

One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!

If you are interested in co-hosting the next GFC Blog Hop send me an email at

I'm Danette and blog here at All My Love for All My Days.  Here a few things you should know about me.  No, that's not right.  I'm just a normal person who loves...that's not it either.  And let's face it, I'm not normal at all.  I love shopping and coffee and sushi and my dog Jackson.  Surely, there's got to be more to me than that...

Ok,  I'm a complicated individual who does love shopping and coffee and sushi and her dog...and Jeff Goldblum, but really there is more to me than that.  I think maybe my main problem in expressing who I am is that I am complicated.  (I'll own it.)  And I love life and really life has so much more value in it than the things I like or the things I own.

Life is good. 
Life is hard. 
Life is sweet. 
It's bitter. 



But I love it.

My only hope is to love life and live it to the fullest.

And I'd love to share my journey through life--the good, the bad, the ugly, the sad--with you.

Ok...that was a lot of serious, so let's have some fun...

Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?

RULES are simple:

1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below

2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below

3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.

4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.

5. Tweet about this blog hop

6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!


Blog Star

Mrs. Monologues

Hello all,

I'm Danette and blog here at All My Love for All My Days.  Here a few things you should know about me.  No, that's not right.  I'm just a normal person who loves...that's not it either.  And let's face it, I'm not normal at all.  I love shopping and coffee and sushi and my dog Jackson.  Surely, there's got to be more to me than that...

Ok,  I'm a complicated individual who does love shopping and coffee and sushi and her dog...and Jeff Goldblum, but really there is more to me than that.  I think maybe my main problem in expressing who I am is that I am complicated.  (I'll own it.)  And I love life and really life has so much more value in it than the things I like or the things I own.

Life is good.
Life is hard.
Life is sweet.
It's bitter.



But I love it.

My only hope is to love life and live it to the fullest.

And I'd love to share my journey through life--the good, the bad, the ugly, the sad--with you.

Ok...that was a lot of serious, so let's have some fun...

I can't wait for fall.  I'm tired of the heat.  Here's the outfit I'm craving to wear especially the arrow necklace.

Fall #1

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