Hey Friends!

I must confess ~ I have parties on the brain today!

I’m supposed to be preparing for the upcoming Red Hot Retreat (which I am THRILLED about, by the way!) but I’m a bit distracted. Yes, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, (Family Friendly ideas here) ~ however, that’s not all I’m thinking about.

Can I let you in on a little secret that has me jumping up and down on the inside???

My favorite party store contacted me about hosting giveaways for you all on *She Sparkles*. Can you believe it?? I would have parties, they’d supply the party goods, and I’d host giveaways for you. WOO HOO!!! As my husband shared, “little do they know they hit the jackpot. You love to throw parties for ALL KINDS of occassions!”

Yes, I do!! Let the Celebrating Begin!! ๐Ÿ™‚

So as my mind has been whirling and twirling about parties I could throw, I thought of this “Random Dozen” party-themed post. Enjoy (and please be sure to play along at the end!) ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party?

I love hosting parties! Ask my husband and kids, I am always looking for an excuse to throw a party! Any day is a day to celebrate! My motto (originally shared by my Pastor)…”Life should not just be lived, it should be celebrated!” ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you’ve been to.

My 40th birthday last May was very special. I loved that so many of my family members and friends could attend, and that everyone seemed to be having a GREAT time together. Did I mention we rented out a Roller Skating facility?? So much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life?

No more sorrow. No more pain.

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine?

Playing kickball with my family outdoors.

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift?

Good question. Probably depends on the recipient and how crazy my life is at the time.

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?

Definitely having the house cleaned for a week. Especially if they would help sort through all of our clutter!

7. What song describes your mood today?

Oh wow ~ another great question. My girls and I were singing “Everlasting God” at the top of our lungs in the car today. I think the words are pretty appropriate for the season we find ourselves in…

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles…..

(Have I ever told you I collect eagles?? Another topic for another day…..)

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use?

John and I were so blessed when we got married! We had amazing showers with tons of great gifts! I’m looking at coffee/end tables that we received as a gift that we still love, as well as a special clock from John’s brother. Too hard to choose from all the blessings.

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is?

I don’t really have a favorite. I’m not a huge ice cream girl. I guess I’d say Mint chocolate chip.

10. When was the last time you felt “tested?”

Today. Yesterday. The day before….

11. “[Fill in the blank] is a food that once I start eating I find really hard to stop.”

Chips and salsa. Especially my favorite chips and yummy homemade salsa.

12. “—–” is the best motivation.

The fear of the Lord…

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Will you join in on the Party Time fun?? Please pick any question and share your answer. I’d love to hear from you!

God’s richest blessings to you!!!

P.S. As I’m preparing for the Red Hot retreat, I’ve been going through old photographers. I came across this one of “little Cindy” last night. What do you think ~ does it look like me??

P.S.S. For more Things I Love Thursday ideas, hop on over and visit Jill at The Diaper Diaries. ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to share with her that Cindy sent you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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