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Ladies By Design
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Ladies By Design
Interests: We love inspiring women to embrace their beauty, encouraging women to reveal their heart no matter how flawed, creating a safe haven for the authentic voices of women to be heard, and empowering women to live as the leaders they were designed to be.
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I have been a mommy for five months and twelve days now. Never in my life have I been more tired. Never have I so freely shared my emotional meltdowns and personal bodily functions. I am undone. I am lost and found all at the same time. I am a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Ladies By Design
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. It's not just the lights and the presents, or even the wonderful stories of God's love for us. To me, Christmas means family, togetherness, love. Growing up, Christmas was the ultimate gathering time for my family. When I close my eyes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Ladies By Design
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This has to be one of my most favorite shots. The hubby's genius was at work again. Isn't so very Anthropologie? It occurred to me that I've never really shared the point behind all these fruits and vegetables. That's me: leaping before I look. Let me explain. The fruits and vegetables represent the approximate size of the baby. This week it is five and a half inches long and weighs about five ounces. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Just Marilynn
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My sweet husband took this photo for me. He stood on a step-ladder to get a different angle. I liked it immediately. He's a pretty good photographer when he doesn't try to think too much about it all. We were totally blessed because a photographer friend of ours gave us his "old" lens. It's a SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG macro lens. Let's just say that it is pretty hefty. I'm going to need a big diaper bag to fit it in. Speaking of bags, I have fallen in love with the Nest Diaper Bags. I love the "Hudson", the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Just Marilynn
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This was the week I really started showing! I think it was the angle of the shot but then again, maybe the baby was ready to be seen. Although, according to What to Expect, the baby only weighs three to five ounces. Isn't that crazy! Thankfully the sleepiness wore off right in time for me to become a working mommy. I had been working for a few weeks by the time this picture was taken. What a miraculous experience this has been for us. Sure we had stress. Sometimes we weren't sure how we would pay the house payment but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Just Marilynn
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I have always been surrounded by ladies who were passionate about sewing, crafting, quilting, and more. Twenty years ago I tried to master my little pink sewing machine but we didn't get along. I managed to produce a few 4H projects but in my heart I wanted to be riding... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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Last week I was in Austin, the capital of Texas. A couple weekends ago, my dad was in a bad motorcycle accident. If it could be bruised, broken or banged up, it is. He is going to be okay, but, as with much in life, his healing will be a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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Ladies, have you ever been at Wal-Mart late at night to grab a few forgotten items? You know, the items that somehow just don't make it to your shopping list. Well, after a nice visit with my aunt and a few other friends, I stopped by the Wal-Mart in Midlothian,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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In grade-school I ought to have learned that I am supposed to have one favorite color, one favorite meal and one favorite hobby. I have never been able to accommodate the status quo. I've never really been normal: whatever that is. Sometimes normal looked like blond hair, a demure attitude... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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The "Road of Life" has led me in many different directions with varying destinations. Who would have ever imagined I would end up "at my age" in the Dallas, Texas area. I chose to leave Texas many years ago headed for adventure in the great "Golden State" of California. I... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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The second of five kids, I was always described by my mom as a “doer” or “fixer”. Through the years, I have somehow fallen into the role of the “go to” person. I can read a book about something cool and interesting all too often destined to become the expert... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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Giving can be described in many ways. The first one that comes to most of our minds is in the form of money. When we receive that dreaded phone call and the first thing that is said is "we are not asking for money" but the further into the conversation... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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The phone rang. A familiar voice greeted me, "Hi mom". A little chitchat with my daughter and then the famous words "Mom can you do something for me?" Now what mom can resist a request like that?She continued "remember how you made a friendship quilt for the pastor's wife?" Hesitantly... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Ladies By Design
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A friend once told me that he never knew where I might go: in other words, I am unpredictable. However, once I made up my mind, he always knew exactly where I was. I suppose this is a fair statement given the amount of moving I had done over the years: body, soul and spirit. Like many writers, I like to describe moments whether past, present or future. Today, I'd like to share a present moment. After all, as my friend suggested, the present is what I share the best. Someone once said that the moments we describe as being... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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This has been a very different day. Early this morning I awoke to a song. I wake up with a song in my heart nearly everyday. Usually the song is a praise song that I've heard on the radio or during worship service. I noticed the slight difference in this morning's tune. Instead of Israel Houghton's "I am a friend of God," I woke up to Kenny Rogers. I could hear the melody of "She believes in me." Only, the words were "I believe in you." That one line replayed over and over again:as I wrestled with the sheets, ate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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Three pitiful plants were potted today by my rather inexperienced green thumb. It was an adventure I have been creatively avoiding. Truthfully, I wasn't avoiding the adventure. Adventures are fun. Digging deep and believing for growth is tough work. I belong to a root system of gardeners including my grandmother, mom, dad, aunt and uncle. Through the years I've enjoyed intoxicating roses, soothing cascades of lavender and cheerful pansies. The colorful results of their collective gardens inspired me to join the club but I hadn't expected gardening to be such hard work. It didn't occur to me that gardening was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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My normally tidy kitchen table has been littered with art supplies these last few days. I've been trucking around a toolbox filled with brand new markers of every color, crayons, oil pastels, pens and pencils galore. Sometime last July, a passion to create was reignited in me. I struggled for seven months, trying to balance being me with being someone everyone would approve of. Much to the amusement of my coworkers, nearly everyday I carried my toolbox to and from the office, in and out of my truck, faithfully prepared for "the moment" in which I could be me. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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The title, Embracing Rejection, seems oddly paired with a picture of a child tucked safely under the arm of a loved one. I was two weeks old in this captured moment, hardly a poster-child for rejection. In a sense I was blessed, although sometimes traumatized, to have been raised by two sets of "parents." That is another story altogether that I will save for another day. The point is, I was not an object of rejection but rather affection. Today, I'd like to share a little about where I have been these last few weeks. I did drop off the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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Summertime has to be my most favorite time of the year. Surprisingly, this Hawaiian didn't always welcome the warmth of the sun. As a young girl I was a much different person than I am today. I was painfully shy and self-conscious of my flaws: flaws that were easily covered during winter months. A year ago my husband snapped this goofy picture on the North Shore of Oahu. We had spent the day exploring the coast and happened to catch the most amazing sunset before having to board a plane home. Ironically, I lived nearly a decade on the islands... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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Having lived in Hawaii for nearly a decade, I've often been asked if I ever surfed. Now anyone that knows me will laugh at that question. Hand-eye coordination I am not blessed with. I do admire the breed of men and women called surfers. No Fear is a brand popular among the surfing community. Indeed it must take a man or woman with no fear to enter shark infested waters. Sure it looks easy, gliding above the water without a care in the world. The truth is, big waves carry bone crushing power and many have died for the love... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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Knowing what to hold onto and what to let go of isn't always easy unless you have a trusty guide. Before I stepped over the edge of the platform, nestled safely into the ground, an expert securely hooked me into a harness and double checked all the buckles. Although this was my first attempt at Zip-lining, I felt a little less anxious in the presence of my trusty guides. Can you imagine if I had tried to leap over a cliff on my own? I would have been a wreck. I can just see myself trying to pull back at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn
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Last night I abruptly woke up in serious pain. I wasn't suddenly ill with the swine flu or some other dreaded sickness. I simply had moved to turn over in the night and my tender muscles didn't appreciate being disturbed. Pain is disturbing to me. Taken two years ago at Enchanted Rock, this picture is a humorous example of where I have been these last few weeks. In spirit at least. I have been avoiding the climb to avoid the pain. As you can tell, I wasn't feeling very enchanted during the trek up 425 feet. A month or so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Just Marilynn