Best Birthday Present Ever {well…for a blogger anyway}

March 21, 2013 | 34 comments

Light the candles. It’s a party y’all!

When Bruce asked what I wanted for Christmas I told him I really wanted a new site design for GodCenteredMom. When he asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I told him I really wanted a new site design for GodCenteredMom (and for Valentine’s Day…and our anniversary).

TA DA!!! Here it is! I’m beyond-the-moon excited to share this present with you.

If we were sitting side-by-side on my big, grey sectional, I would give you a personal tour of the site. Showing you all the things I love about the new space created by Ted Barnett (from Contemplate Design). (sidenote for new readers: I contacted Ted through his wife Annie …from Be Small studios. In an email before our first skype chat he wrote, “Well, I’ve actually met you before.”…turns out we went to college together! How crazy is that?)

The tour

First off, the “oh-so-awesome” tabs at the top allow you to find info more quickly. Aaaaaannnnd…those tabs are color coded for consistency throughout the whole site (a type A momma’s dream…) Here’s your “key”:

  • blue: about me (& my men)
  • yellow: series (info on getting centered & staying centered)
  • green: resources (meeting with God, memorizing Scripture, & books I’ve loved)
  • khaki: connect (shoot me an email)

You know what else is super cool? In this new space I can connect with y’all better. For instance, when you leave a comment & I reply to you…now you will get an email to let you know I replied. Woot!!

Of all the social media places, I spend the most time taking pictures of our life & putting them on Instagram. Guess what? Those pictures will now be found on the site (check out the side bar –>). So you can keep up with all the mundane & marvelous details of life with four boys.

Just above the Instagram gallery, there is a group of 4 most shared posts. That’s where new readers of can find the posts you’ve found most helpful. When you share a post you’re helping me minister to moms. Sharing what has brought you encouragement so they will be encouraged… a big circle of love.

Lastly, now that I’m self-hosted I can legitimately post giveaways (guess it was a “no-no” on my old-site…unbeknownst to me). In honor of my birthday and the new site I’m doing a…

Birthday Bash Bundle giveaway.

I’m probably breaking some etiquette rule by hosting my own birthday giveaway (kind of like throwing your own baby shower…which I’ve done). But God has blessed me with incredible local friends and online friends and I want to share their goodness with you. So consider this a birthday favor (and bonus it’s not plastic or from the dollar store!).

  • A $30 gift certificate from The Find Auction . The Find Auction was started by my two mommy friends, Misty & Julie. They host an auction every Wednesday night at 8:30 pm on Facebook, with fun seasonal items. I’ve bought home goods (napkin rings, hand towels), accessories (scarves, earrings, bracelets), and gifts (sweet little pearl/cross necklace for my niece). Like their Facebook page for an extra entry in the giveaway.

  • A copy of Katie Orr’s eBook “Find More Jesus: How to Make Easter All About Jesus”. Katie has put together a sweet devotional guide for the week leading up to Easter morning. Each day you read a piece of Scripture and do an activity. Most of the supplies she used you should have already. (And I’ll send you an email this Sunday to let you know you won so you can start the devotional on time!).

  • AND this fun statement necklace from Francesca’s (one of my favorite places to shop for jewelry!).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make yourself at “home”…take off your shoes, prop your feet up and be encouraged in this journey of replacing “me” with “He”.


  1. Heather

    What a beautiful new space you have. I recently ‘moved’ too and it was so exciting to dream, plan and pray over my new space.

    I find that I connect with God throughout the day in prayer mostly. I keep our ‘child training Bible’ handy and we dive in throughout the day. It is amazing how refreshed I feel after bathing my soul in the Word for a bit – especially when things get a little hectic.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thanks Heather! Ted (from contemplate design) does a great job really talking through the purpose of the space & making it functional. Oh yes prayer…without ceasing, right? I love the “keep the child Bible handy” idea…involving the kiddos in the process. Thanks for sharing!

  2. HisJules

    PRAYER! prayer keeps me centered and when I am tempted to fall apart I usually search out one of my favorite blogs for inspiration – like yours as a matter of fact!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      You are such a sweet encourager Julie! thank you!

  3. Be Small Studios (@BeSmallStudios)

    Heather! Your new space is beautiful and it’s so fun to see it all in motion. Thanks for your kind words. Your presence here means so much to so many, and we’re celebrating with you!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Definitely wish y’all lived closer & we could sit down over a warm meal and celebrate together! Let me know if the Barnetts ever visit Dallas, my door is always open!

  4. Kristin

    Happy Birthday Heather! I love your new space and look forward to many celebrations with you here.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      thanks friend! (pst…one of those celebrations I hope you bring some of your delicious looking choc chip cookies!)

  5. Stacey Thacker (@stacey29lincoln)

    Oh Heather it is beautiful just like you! It is perfect.

    Lord Jesus, would you bless all who gather in the place. Would you use Heather to love on moms and women who need You. And would you remind Heather that as she serves you in this sweet spot, You smile?


    • Heather MacFadyen

      oh sweet sister…what a blessing! After I posted I realized…”I didn’t post a prayer over this space”…thank you for praying with me. love.

  6. Darcey

    I have a Christian radio station all day. I feel lost if I don’t have it on. When I am busy I get a little taste of God as I pass through my kitchen.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      The Spirit is present in worship. I love having Pandora on in our kitchen…especially at the end of the day when the crazy starts ramping up! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Linnea

    Very nice! I wish I could keep the mommy time post in the top four for all time. It made a huge difference to me. Also, the post about Santa and grace, the one about the Easter basket with rocks, and the one about the birthday party that was really about the kid (I think it was Watts who chose a miss match of themes) are stand outs to me.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thanks Linnea for your encouragement! Always great to hear about posts that help other mommas.

  8. Sandy

    Aww it looks so good! Continually blessed by you through this blog as i raise my two lil guys.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      thank you sandy! may God give you strength & wisdom as you raise those boys in grace & truth!

  9. Sandy

    Reflecting on scripture helps me to stay God-centered throughout the day.

  10. Brittany

    Happy Birthday ! I love the new design! I stay focused by quiet time with Him in the morning, podcasts and worship music throughout the day and enough sleep also. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. Oh podcasts! What a great idea. Need to try that sometime. Hope you win!

  11. Kristin

    Love, love, love your new space! It’s beautiful!

    I feel so blessed to have met you Heather. You are a breath of fresh air. I always find myself enjoying you and looking forward to our next encounters.

    I’m praying right now that this new space will be a blessing to many and a light that leads weary mommas to their Champion who centers their focus. I’m also praying that God bless you and provide you with everything you need to lead these women well.

    I look forward to following along with your journey here. <3 <3


    • Heather MacFadyen

      wow you bless me with your words…and your prayers! Love spending time with you and your precious spirit. Thanks for walking this journey of online writing with me!

  12. Erin

    I love your new space — congrats and happy birthday! I stay God focused when I start my day off right; by being in the Word.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      oh yes, starting the day in the right place is such an important step…for me as well. Hard to stay centered during the day when I haven’t started off there. Thanks erin!

  13. ShereenaMonique

    Happy birthday and thanks for the giveaway! I hope the woman who needs it most is the winner!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thanks Shereena! What a sweet (and selfless) thought. God Bless.

  14. ShereenaMonique

    Oh, I stay God centered by trying to listen to the still small voice that guides me through every moment. And fighting with faith in God’s word.

  15. Jenny McDaniel

    Prayer! I am constantly sending up prayers. When the kids are fighting, when Im feeling impatient, when the dogs are annoying me…ok maybe not about the dogs, but I am constantly trusting the Lord throughout my day! 🙂

    • Heather MacFadyen

      ha! giggled when I read “okay maybe not about the dogs”…I’ve definitely had my fair share of “unglued pet moments”. Contrast trust. good stuff chica!

  16. Julie W

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the fun giveaway! I think I stay God-Centered by waking up a few minutes before the three kids come through my bedroom door at 7:06 am (that is when their Good Night Light turns to a sun) and I pray, read some scripture, and just have a few minutes of silence to prepare for the day. I also pray, pray, pray through out the day. Often times, out loud, so my kids can hear whatever is on my heart and model praying/seeking help from God. Thanks again!

  17. Momma Megan

    The site update is fabulous!
    My little boys & I rock out to worship music basically 24/7 and it makes it easy to reset the hard moments & focus on the Lord again.

  18. Francie Winslow

    It is such a beautiful site!! I’m so happy for you that you finally got your Christmas, birthday, Valentines…desire 🙂 May the Lord bless and multiply all you offer Him on these pages. Much love!

  19. Joyce and Norm

    Awesome birthday present!!! It looks great!! Happy birthday again! 🙂

  20. Patti

    Congratulations Heather! Beautiful!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      Thanks Patti! It’s super fun to have a new space. Thanks for checking it out. 😉

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