I hear the women shouting!

I hear the women shouting from the stage their anger and rage. They’ve been abused, used, isolated pushed to the side while their dreams die. Messages are confusing from the other women who are at the top- models, actresses, in a political spot. The very same women screaming for respect are the ones who are barely dressed. Or blaming the president for taking away their female rights as they fight to deaden the innocent of their female rights. But whose left fighting the good fight? The humble women who are passionate take their power to empower and live with less regrets. To embrace their individuality by being all they can be and raising up their family whether their own or in community. Where evil exists they stand strong against the wrong. Where good dwells they lift up and cheer on ring the bell. It’s not about teaching our young girls to be against men it’s about men and women together standing period the end. To hell with the hate, evil, killing of others to get your way. That’s never worked and it won’t work today. So I pray, speak life, stand up for the generation that’s so lost and confused and say- girl you are alive by the hand of your creator and He is THE Ultimate Woman Liberator. He loves you, he’s for you and if you let him in your heart...He can bring healing where life’s hurt you so sadly that your behaving so badly. Where was God when that bad thing happened? He was right there beside you, crying with you & for you as free will took place and I’m here to remind you. God doesn’t miss a thing! Mercy and judgment he will bring. Your heart has been heard. He will get the last word. Begin again today let yesterday wash away. Be the only you you were created to be. And if you were born a female you’ve got a beautiful story to tell. The most incredible way to share what you’ve got burning to say is with a tone of reaching the soul, to own your choices, be healed made whole. Be confident by being able to look at yourself in the mirror, sleep well at night not in fear or buying into lies. You are more than your reproductive organs, you are more than your looks you are more than what others tell you or in fairytale books. God made you with a purpose, a future with a plan. He is your go to guy for love, peace and hope. He gets you, fights for you...He understands! So wherever you’ve been or whoever has hurt you dust off the entanglement of pain and lies. You’ve got life to live reach your arms up toward the sky and breathe. Breathe in new life, a fresh way of thinking and let go of all this Hollywood, political ideology that’s stinking!
💗Carie

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Our family’s big event!

Today was a big deal for our family. Our hearts were super touched by the support of family and friends. Not everyone needs to know or understand the whole story but a glimpse of it is:

We legally became our own business with our own EIN! No longer “In Thee Garden a DBA of Southern Oregon Nursery but now embracing our new name “Wishing Well Collaborative LLC”.  Almost 13 years ago when John Deere who was next door to us moved, our whole family bought the property together to have a store for ponds, fish, water plants as well as concrete statuary and fountains. We’ve definitely grown and expanded our selection of gifts and decor. As well as our children are all much taller and contribute so much creativity. We’re grateful to our grandparents who laid the foundation they rooted in 1945. Were very honored to have worked with and learn so much from our parents in the family garden business.  We will continue to love, support and cheer on our family’s Nursery next door to us. It was just time to go on our own and change our business name. Our parents retired and their two sons are each running their own family businesses side by side. With that being said- Today we became “Wishing Well Collaborative”!!! The six of us could hardly sleep. Kind of like Christmas Eve. This morning was the kick-off to new beginnings and restoration and clarity. We are a specialty water Gardening, Gift, Decor, Concrete fountains/statuary and Christmas store. What really matters is that God knows the whole story and he is the behind the scenes mender of all wounds and making dreams come true! Family can be complicated. Family business can be ridiculously tough. Working with your spouse and children all around is amazing and stretching all at the same time. Especially when your figuring it out as you go. I love working with my hubby and kids for sure, however there are days when I lose necessary hair due to unnecessary stress! Please don’t ever think you have permission to tell me how lucky I am because I know that with all my heart. We know we’re in Gods will because it feels too good to be true. Every single day no matter how loud, how crazy, how complicated it gets with opinions, whining, etc... I wouldn’t trade my motley crew for anything EVER! If you do want to offer anything please offer up a prayer of protection, guidance, and blessing over our new adventure. Thank you and God bless you for your support of business locally with our family! Clink clink- CHEERS!

 

ps. Our daughter Emma drew the wishing well. Ben & Matt helped with layout, colors. Mom picked out font. Andrew put it altogether and printed it out. Dad loves it all. Team work!

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Family...circus!

Family...circus!

April 4, 2018

Ever read the comics in the Sunday paper? Whenever I read the Family Circus I can so relate. Sure my kids are all young adults. No longer toddlers or in grade school my children are just about finished with their education. I have one left in high school and two in college with another graduating this June. All that being said my kids are still speaking words that resemble their childhood conversations, ‘I didn’t do it’’ “It wasn’t me’ ‘Not me’. What I adore the best about my offspring is their tender hearts for one another. In spite of Emma being the second mommy and guiding her three brothers with wisdom the boys and her share an unbreakable bond. No one could even try to tear these four a part and if they tried they would soon regret it. My motley crew have built in lawyer logic with mad skills in emotional intelligence beyond their years. Back to the same excuses I’ve heard from four kids at any age or stage their in. God and me are working on me being in the moment. When my heart becomes overwhelmed I cry out to Him for help and His spirit comforts me. Then I’m reminded of all the beautiful things about each of my kids which causes the overwhelmedness to dissipate like rain in the wind. See at the end of the day I might be exhausted and bruised a little as I trip over shoes inside the front door next to the shoe shelf or carry loads of dishes out of the family room aka young persons room and load in the dishwasher but I know I have the kindest kids! My heart is full.

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got Hope?

got HOPE?

January 7, 2010 at 1:29pm

HOPE REVIVED..Psalm 38:15 I hope in You, O Lord; You will answer, O Lord my God. Take from us our wealth and we are hindered. Take our health and we are handicapped. Take our purpose and we are slowed, temporarily confused. But take away our hope, and we are plunged into deepest darkness..stopped dead in our tracks, paralyzed. Wondering, "Why?" Asking, "How much longer? Will this darkness ever end? Does He know where I am? Then the Father says, "That's far enough," and how sweet it is! Like blossoms in the snow, long-awaited color returns to our life. The stream, once frozen, starts to thaw. Hope revives and washes over us. Inevitably, spring follows winter. Every year. Yes, including this one.~ Charles Swindoll :)Wow I love it when God says just what i need to hear just when i need to hear it whenever He wants to just cuz i'm His!!

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Pressing Forward

 Ever experience a thousand thoughts zooming through your two hemispheres widely known as your brain ? Trudging along like the force of a heavy train they press on with necessary stops to accomplish life. You know those moments when eating and sleeping require you to slow down to a complete stop momentarily. Deep within the web of feelings connect to memories connect to people connect to feelings connect to memories connect to places and on and on we remember and think upon all we know. Life is tragically beautiful. Each breath a gift from our Creator. We who choose to know Him as Lord know of His incredible thereness. He allows us to be who He created us to be within our freewill and his availability to guide us. At this present moment in my life journey I’m ever aware of my Father God’s heavenly presence. There’s a bunch of life happening all around me that only truly God sees the intricate details of. The pockets of my heart coming up for oxygen while tears of both adventure and acceptance shake hands. Sometimes in this journey the experience of being misunderstood has plagued me. The smile I wear being judged as a mask when truly it’s my courage pushing upward with my lips. Or when I cry buckets of tears being seen as a distraction only to be kindly reminded the liquid leaking is healing ointment for my soul.  Those in my world shout mixed messages about who they are to me. One has never, God. God has promised He will never walk away from me, stop talking with me, hold grievances against me but love me continually and forever. His perfect love is just that. Because I know God is who He says he is and will do what He says He will do I lean upon His Word. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 it says, “we are hedged in (pressed) on every side (troubled and oppressed in every way), but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair; we are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted (to stand alone); we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;”. Then in Philippians 3:14 it says, “I press on toward the goal to win the (supreme and heavenly) prize to which God in Christ is calling us upward.” In the end all our thoughts, tears and emotions matter to the One who knows us best and loves us completely. Unlike some ignorant Hollywood tv hosts who mock hearing the voice of God calling it a form of mental illness, I hear God speaking to me this very moment with a gentle reminder that He’s ready, available and able to engineer the train of soul. He’s sweetly offering me to find safety, peace and hope in the deliverance of His outcome. My heartfelt response  arms open wide soft grin on my face humble stance, “yes Lord!”  Choosing to trust God no matter the outcome is an adventurous risky ride I’m willing to take- are you?

 

 

 

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Do you see what I see?

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?  SEE THE HEART SHAPES IN THE COFFEE? HEARTS ARE THE IMAGE OF LOVE AND APPRECIATION. I USUALLY ENJOY A HOT CUP OF HOMEMADE COFFEE WITH HALF AND HALF MIXED IN AS WELL AS MINI MARSHMALLOWS NESTLED ON TOP WITH A STRAW THAT MY HUBBY BRINGS TO ME BEFORE MY EYELIDS EVEN OPEN. MY HEART IS VERY GRATEFUL FOR HIM CARING FOR ME LIKE HE DOES. WE ALL WAKE UP EACH MORNING WITH THE AMAZING PRIVILEGE OF BREATHING AIR AND BEING GRATEFUL. I ONCE HEARD TO HAVE A GREAT FULL DAY BE GRATEFUL ALL DAY! GRATITUDE IS A CHOICE. DOES LIFE ALWAYS LEND ITSELF FOR ME TO “FEEL” GRATEFUL? NOPE. THERE ARE DEFINITELY DAYS WHERE LIFE IS AWFUL. YOU WAKE UP AND THE DOG HAS EATEN YOUR FAVORITE SANDALS, THE TEENS HAVE LEFT DISHES AND CLOTHES ALL OVER THE HOUSE, YOUR NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH GAS IN THE CAR WITH ALL THE DRIVERS DRIVING “YOUR” VEHICLE, YOUR EXTRA TIRED JUST BECAUSE YOUR GETTING OLDER AND YOU DON’T SLEEP AS WELL AS YOU ONCE DID, FOR MANY REASONS YOUR ANNOYED AT SOMETHING EITHER YOU DID OR YOUR SPOUSE DID, YOU START ANALYZING YOUR EMOTIONS AND END UP DOWN A RABBIT TRAIL OF THE D’S ( DESPAIR, DISCOURAGEMENT, DOUBT, DEPRESSION…) AND THAT’S JUST IN THE 5 MINUTES AFTER GETTING OUT OF BED. WAIT A SECOND HERE. ALL THAT DESCRIBED MY DAY YESTERDAY. OKAY ON A SERIOUS NOTE LIFE IS JUST GOING TO BE STRETCHING MOST DAYS UNTIL WERE IN THE SIGHT OF JESUS AND ALL THAT IS WRONG IN THE WORLD IS MADE RIGHT. WHILE WERE HERE LIVING EACH DAY LET’S CHOOSE TO BE GRATEFUL. IN THE END ITS BETTER THAN BEING GROUCHY, I’VE TRIED THAT, DON’T RECOMMEND IT ITS NOT THAT FUN!

grate·ful

ˈɡrātfəl/

adjective

  1. feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.

    “I’m very grateful to you for all your help”

    synonyms:thankful, appreciative;

     

    • archaic

      received or experienced with gratitude; welcome.

      “enjoying the grateful shade”

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Adventure Awaits

We are entering into a new season as a family business. Lot's of modifications and newness awaits us. One of the biggest transformations is our store name change. We are super excited to announce that our new company name will be "WISHING WELL".  Twelve years ago when my hubby, four children and I  branched out from our family store "Southern Oregon Nursery”, that was established in 1945 by our great grandparents, was what will our store be called? We weren't crazy about being labeled as the "Pond store". Quickly like gulping milk down with chocolate chip cookies my brain came up with "In Thee Garden". We were going to be the Water Garden/Pond store and everything you would add to your yard was what we would be selling. Over the years some people were confused if we were a side by side garden store competing with the nursery even though on our street business sign it stated we were a branch of Southern Oregon Nursery. So all that being said my brain has been screening through a name that would beautifully create  the feeling of who we are and what we do with the essence of mystery. That's where our new name was birthed. Wishing Well is the place where wishes come true like the phrase from one of my favorite movies, "Princess Bride" "As You Wish". We will continue to have all the Water Gardening Goods: Fish, Water Plants, Statuary, Fountains, Rock Features, all necessary Chemicals, Pumps, Filters, Lighting & what's needed to make all that water flow! We will also continue to host a beautiful selection of Home and Garden Decor, Gifts and Christmas Season with our gorgeous Christmas Trees, Specialty Flocking, Wreaths, Garland and all things Christmas! On April 1st the date that holds a special place in my heart. That's the day my husband and I were blindly introduced by our mutual friend. Also this year April 1st is Easter! Which is the best season EVER! Oh there will be adjustments, like remembering our new name when answering the phone, some people will wonder if their experiencing an out of body experience when they show up to our store driveway but the sign is a different name. Just remember one solid truth, We're the same small family store with a big heart just a new name! So let's all be excited for this new adventure that awaits us and rejoice together on Saturday April 7th 9:00-5:30! There will probably be some cupcakes & coffee, cheese & wine involved along with music all great reasons to celebrate with us at WISHING WELL! xo

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