Contentment Printable

My word of the year may be “move”, but the word for the quarter is “contentment”. Here is a great quote about contentment you can print and use for your pleasure. I have fun putting together these little printables for you, and if you have any requests for specific quotes or scriptures, please let me know. I’d love to make something special just for you.

Contentment

Being content is one of the hardest things to do. At least, I know it is for me! I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for the next thing… waiting for a husband, a baby, or an adoption to name a few. We all look forward to what is to come, what might be, or what we wish would be. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with hoping for good things and good futures, but what about the right now?
Our church ladies and some friends are reading through a book about contentment. This contentment is primarily defined as a deep satisfaction with God’s will. We’ve only delved in as far as the first chapter, and I know this road on contentment isn’t going to be easy and it will never end, but I’m looking forward to having rest and peace in my heart. I like how the author compares it to a path, where we are not alone, and that we get pop quizzes where we either pass or fail but we continue down the path. We have to practice contentment so when those pop quizzes show up, we are ready for them.
Life is full of really difficult trials for some women who suffer with miscarriages, infertility, and infant loss. There are so many questions as to what’s wrong with me, why me, why is God doing this to me. But knowing that God is doing this for us, and not to us, is a correct perspective. Knowledge that contentment is going to help us get through our trial is almost a relief. “Understanding this helps us read what is happening to us as designed by our good Father who is growing us up in Christ. Difficulties are not for nothing. They grow us. And this growth is faster when we are stewarding the difficulties with contentment.” Being content isn’t going to happen overnight or after a simple prayer. It’s going to be work, and it’s going to such rewarding work because we will find rest there.

Mommy Wish List Making (or Dear Santa letter)

Help me fill my list!
Tonight I’m watching Star Trek, drinking wine, knitting, and writing this letter to Santa. The Christmas tree is lit, the candle is burning, and it’s supposed to snow tonight—not much else this girl needs. There is something about this time of year when people start asking what you want for Christmas, and a wish list is created and given. It makes me think about all the things I want, need, and hope for. Of course I want all kinds of fun things, but most of all I hope to bring home a baby. Of course I do, haha! We’ve been waiting to get matched for about a year, so the wait has been trying at times but the anticipation keeps growing.
But enough of that for now… I have been thinking about the things I’d still like to get for me or for the baby, and slowly making a mommy wishlist of sorts. I’d like to share with you a couple of my Instagram favorites and finds. Snuggle Me Organic Is a fabulous infant lounger made by a momma of 7. I’ve already got one! This is great to follow if you love to see adorable baby pictures!!
The Humbles Soles makes adorable leather sandals and shoes. I haven’t got a pair for baby yet, but it is on the wish list! Even if you don’t need shoes, their instagram has beautiful pictures and cute kid fashion.

If you are a future mom, mom of ten, supplier to moms, or anywhere in-between, please share with me your rare-find must-haves!

One Little Word 2018

I’m participating in a yearly class called One Little Word, and I’ve just picked my word for 2018. My word in 2017 is CREATE, and I’ve had a great experience exploring creating in my home and craft life. As I look forward to 2018, I am excited for all the ways MOVE will motivate and inspire me.
Want to join me on the One Little Word journey or find out more about it? Just visit aliedwards.com.

Christmas Stationary

I’ve been wanting to design some stationary for a while now, and while I don’t have all the artistry skills to make a completed set of products, I realized that I can start the designing process without doing the art myself. I love to find new art that gets my vibe or sense of style, so this set of downloads is starting off to be one of my favorites. I like to document my Decembers inspired by Ali Edwards December Daily, so my first set of designs is perfect for scrapbooking or letter writing.

I’ve included an 8.5×11 and 5×7 sized journaling sheet of letterhead and one 8.5×11 sheet of four 3×4 scrapbooking inserts.

I designed these using bought graphics, and links to the designer stores can be found in the included TOU file.

A Bit About Me

I grew up in Oregon on a grass seed farm. I love the smell of smoke, particularly field burning. My neighbors were my closest friends, and we would often play at our river, avoid skunk families, and climb tractor tires.
I am a “jack if all trades” type of person so I generally can do almost anything well, and nothing perfectly. My favorite college classes were flower arrangement, handbells, pottery, and transcription.
Coffee is one of my love languages, and wine, bread, and butter are all good too.
I married my husband when I was 32, and 5 years later he is still my favorite addition to my life. We have two boys in heaven, Christian and Titus.
We live in Alaska, and boy is it dark and cold in the winter! It’s a fairly fun state though with lots of available outdoor activities. I like snowshoeing and would like to do more of that this winter.
We are so excited to adopt There are so many things about adoption that people like to ask, but I don’t mind answering them. I feel encouraged when people ask about it, because it shows they care. Waiting is hard, and excitement wains sometimes, but being a family of 3 (or more) again is our hope.