Dear ones,

I feel I owe the blogging world a big apology for my great decline in posts. My life has been infested with bugs lately. There’s the love bug going around biting my friends. There’s the cold bug that froze the outdoor Wisconsin world in a gigantic snow globe. And then there’s the busy bug that bit out a huge portion of my life. But should those reasons count for anything more than mere excuses? Forgive me. I’m going to work on de-bugging my life and make a little more room for writing and blogging in my schedule. J

Thanks for your patience with me… the faithful few of you who remain. May God’s richest blessings be yours today and always!
Brittney Leigh

Photo: a random shot of a bridesmaid bouquet from a wedding I photographed last weekend


….With all her heart…. as she was quick to point out. The gorgeous ring on her finger symbolizes the blissful state of a certain Katie Marie who now has a wedding to plan and a whole future to dream together with her Pat. Congratulations, Kate!

Life continues to rush on, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, time slips through my fingers like sand, and I am unable to pen all the rhetoric thoughts that are appropriate for this time of year. Things like, looking ahead, trusting God with our futures, and how to keep resolutions (don’t worry, I don’t have the answers on that one 🙂 ).

 As is not necessarily so unusual for me, a last minute decision sent me spending my first day of 2008 on the road with my Nebraskan part of the family. I am now currently residing in this state that has really grown on me and will be here for an unprecedented length of a month–give or take.

 In other words, my writing speals will have to be squeazed in between the nannying of three wee ones, ages three and under, and that is why this little spot on the web lacks in things most of your blogs are full of. A simple Happy New Year sounds slightly cliche, but will have to do for now. Eloquence dwindles when morning comes so soon.

As is typical with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the things I’m thankful for. Of course, such habits should be practiced every day of our lives, whether or not we are celebrating a holiday associated with giving thanks. But it seems so appropriate that a certain person’s birthday should fall on the week of Thanksgiving. When I think of this particular sweet gal, I can’t help but think thoughts of gratitude for having the privilege of knowing and sharing a friendship with such a dear, dear young lady.

Let’s wish our Rachel Marie a very happy 18th birthday. God has blessed my life greatly with her friendship, and I know you too have been blessed by her sweet spirit manifested in her various writings.

I love you, Flowergurl!

14-5.jpgI have been so generously blessed lately by my faithful guest-authors who have managed to step in at a time when I have been somewhat inhibited in being able to contribute to this site with my own writings. A special thanks to each of you who have given of your time and resources to help me out and bless others.

For those of you who are interested in participating, I would like to take a moment to encourage you to do so. It doesn’t take much to be an author on Feminine Espresso. As the title of this blog suggests, anything to do with femininity or coffee can’t help but be well received. 🙂 Yet at the same time, it is not exclusive to such topics. I welcome anything that lends encouragement, inspires the heart, or brings a smile to the face. My main requirement is that it is not in any way dishonoring to Christ. The benefits of guest authoring includes:

  • Gaining extra recognition—if so desired your website URL and email address are published along with the article.
  • Joyous announcements or prayer needs in your life, or those of your loved ones, are readily published… or any other such randomness.
  • In the future I would like to feature fun interviews in which the readers may get to know you better—that is, with your express permission.
  • You will be the first to know of special news and updates of or for this site—providing of course, special news and updates do find their way to this site.

It’s easy to get published here. Simply send your writing to the email address — note that formatting it is not necessary—it only slows the process of publishing.)

To be a guest author here means you plan to write as regularly or irregularly as you find your capabilities allowing you to do so. In other words, you expect to submit more than one writing.

If you have not yet guest-authored here, along with your article please specify your name, or the handle by which you would like to go by. Include your website URL and/or email address—if you wish to have either published (and thereby gain recognition). Provide also a photo and brief bio if at all possible (or include a list of hobbies, dreams and goals for which I may construct a bio for you).

I love original writings, yet if you have a previously-published article you would like to share, those are more than welcomed as well—providing, of course, it is not copyrighted to the published source.

Please be aware that I do retain the right to edit and select from the entries submitted. However, if changes must be made, I will be in contact with you and will not proceed without your permission.

Thank you, in advance! I hope to hear from you sometime in the near future. 🙂

God bless!
Brittney Leigh

carnival_of_beauty.jpgLast night I happened to read about the theme of this week’s Carnival of Beauty: the Beauty of Joy. After reviewing a couple of the entries already submitted, it brought to mind a write-up I had forgotten about in my drafts, hence my last post, Joy in the Night.

So, assuming that perhaps you may happen to have something on the topic of joy you could submit into the carnival this week to inspire and encourage others, I thought I’d give you a heads-up. Of course, you don’t have much time now to submit for this week’s theme (midnight EST is the deadline), but if you would like to share what you have written on this subject, I urge you to submit it that it may be a blessing to someone else. Go here to find out how to do so. 

The Carnival of Beauty is weekly, with a different theme every week. To read more about it, go to this link

In closing, I just want to encourage you to focus on the beauty of joy in your life. It’s there if you look for it.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me 
To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, 
To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, 
The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; 
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, 
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, 
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
Excerpts from Isaiah 61 

I just want to thank all of you for your love and prayers for my whole family during this difficult time. Unless you’ve worn these same shoes, you have no idea how much they mean to each of us. Prayer has truly made the difference in our hearts as we deal with the trauma of Uncle John’s suicide. Please continue to pray for peace, comfort and grace as the funeral plans come together tomorrow.

The viewing is at 10 AM (central standard time), with the funeral service starting at 11, which will be followed by the burial and a luncheon at a local park. Uncle John’s friends and family are still really struggling and your continued prayers are vital. He has 3 young sons that are having a hard time coming to grips with their dad’s tragic death. Pray that God will work in the lives of all those present at the funeral and use this tragedy to draw them closer to Him.

Also, blogging will be quite sparse here in the immediate future. Thanks again for the outpouring of love and prayers. The emails, phone calls, visits, chats, and everything else have made a tremendous difference.

God is still God! 


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