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Brian, Kristine, Analise, and Josiah Toone

Archive for April, 2011

Tornado damage

27th April 2011

Tornado damage in our neighborhood (not our house)

Crazy dangerous weather here in Alabama today. Many people killed. Lots of damage. It came very close to our house, and I’ve written about it on my cycling blog since I commuted home and surveyed the damage from the tornado that just missed our house. http://toonecycling.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/tornado/

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A birthday gift of grace…

12th April 2011

On my birthday last week, an unexpected package showed up at the front door.  I had been notified that I would be receiving a product to review from DaySpring, and lo and behold, it arrived on the perfect day! What a gorgeous gift…

Dayspring's By Grace Alone jewelry set
On the reverse of the necklace it says, “By the grace of God, I am what I am. -1 Cor. 15:10”

After 35 years, I feel like “grace” is the life motto God has given me.  It covers all my sin, it strengthens weaknesses, it is the greatest gift I’ve been given, and the greatest gift I can offer.  The verse I’ve come back to over and over in my life that seems to say everything I could possibly need to know is 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to make all grace abound so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound for every good work.”

So for this beautiful jewelry set to arrive on my birthday just took my breath away.  Such grace!  It is GORGEOUS!  I’ve worn the bracelet every day, and I’ve already gotten several compliments on it.  The set also includes the delicate earrings and the adjustable necklace. I absolutely LOVE IT!

So head on over to DaySpring, and check out the By Grace Alone jewelry set, on sale for $39.99 during the month of April (my birthday month!).  This would make a lovely gift, as would any of their products.  There are also some great deals on the sale page.  Through the entire month of April, DaySpring is offering 50% off the Wonderful Grace carved wooden serving tray, and $10 off the Studio JRU Crosses and SDG Grace Hanging Tiles!


Thank you, DaySpring, for allowing me the chance to review one of your quality products.  What a perfectly timed birthday gift to remember the greatest GRACE!

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God, you are so good to me!

7th April 2011

What an amazing day, what a grace-filled 35 years! Thank you, Lord, for blessings too numerous to count.
* watching from the hallway, spying little ones quietly going to find me in my bedroom, carrying birthday bags

* little ones bursting with birthday love

* homemade chocolate doughnuts, warm from the oven, leaving powdered sweetness all over us

* birthday flowers from mom (and Brian)

* helping at Analise’s school

* errands with my patient chattery little buddy, capped off with a little frozen yogurt and a lot of toppings

* a quiet, delicious steak dinner with my love, my best friend

* phone calls from family

* countless friends sending blessings on Facebook

* little ones putting themselves in bed

* spring blooms everywhere


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