Little Reminders

6.27.2010

This weekend was filled with good food, friends and fun. Weekends like this are just God's reminders to me how very blessed I am!

Seriously?

I love my life.

Sweet Sounds of Summer

6.24.2010

I don't know about you, but I am the type of person that associates seasons with senses; smells, sounds, tastes, etc. While fall and winter are usually the epitome of these things for me, summer is not out of the mix.  The trail behind our house definitely exemplifies the "sounds" for me. There is a small brook that babble, a myriad of tree frogs and crickets harmonizing, and birds singing in the early morning hours. Just hearing the mixture of sounds takes me back to summers spent at my Nana's.  


Now for smells, it will ALWAYS be a charcoal grill. I've been bugging Andrew since we moved into house for us to get one and it just hasn't happened yet. But it will and I pumped for it's arrival. And finally, a watermelon milkshake from Cookout is the ultimate taste of summer for me. I know it may sound like an odd combination, but seriously, it's great! It's the perfect blend of creamy vanilla ice cream and juicy watermelon. Sadly, they don't come until July.

What makes summer summer for you?

Life in a Nutshell

6.22.2010

It can't be done. You can not sum up your life or those around you or around the world in just a word or two. I know that of course you can always use adjectives like 'blessed', 'wonderful', etc. But there is more to life than just those handful of letters. Each and everyday is different and the moments that make up those days is truly what our lives are about. My life at some point or another has been:

*incredible
*heartbreaking
*impactful
*beautiful
*sparkling
*victorious
*loud
*restless
*impatient
*content
*bright and shiny
*empty and incomplete
*dirty
*melodramatic
*idealistic
*significant 

Life is not about one day or one moment. It is started, lived, and finished. Sometimes I forget just how big life is. I know that may sound kind of silly or cheesy, but just pause for a minute and think about the things that God has brought you to and through.

How is it possible to think any life is anything BUT significant. And if your life or someone you knows life isn't where it should be, the best thing about grace is that as soon as it get turns around, that's what matters. What is done is done and it's in with the new. Praise God for the moments that make us and mold us.


Please recognize how incredible you are as a child of God how no life is like yours. Pretty amazing stuff...I think.


Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.--2 Corinthians 5:17


      Tuesdays Unwrapped

      tuesdays unwrapped at cats


      {This is something new for me, but it seems like a great idea! Life is so short and goes by way too fast, so I believe it's important to celebrate the small things!}

      So many times during my elementry school years, I'd open up my lunch box and find the infamous PB&J. Now, I'm definitely not complaining...who couldn't LOVE a good peanut butter and jelly sandwhich? I had one today for lunch, and it brought me back to a simpler time when mom/dad packed the lunch and off you went...


      Happy Tuesday!

      p.s. don't forget to thank mom and dad for all those lunches!

      My Very Favorite Thing

      6.21.2010

      From ages 11 to 20 at least one day a week, I was at the barn. And it was there that I was happiest. Even if I wasn't riding, as long as I was near and around horses, I was content. Ever since I had to become an adult, horseback riding lessons haven't exactly been in the budget. Amazingly enough though, just up the street from us are some family friends who have horses and just happen to need some assistance in exercising them. So, I not only get to help them out, but I get to ride for FREE! How good is our God? Yesterday was the first day that I've had a chance to ride in way too long, but here are a few pics that I got:
      so happy to be doing what I love!

      taking a break in the shade


      Seriously if the rest of my weekend was bad, yesterday afternoon would have totally made up for it.

      Can't wait for next time!


      They'll Get You Every Time!

      6.18.2010

      Cards. Birthday cards, thank you cards, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Arbor Day {not really..I don't think}...the list goes on and on! It feels like every time I turn around I'm having to buy a card for someone or something. And don't get me wrong, I love sending cards. I, however, am not so supportive of the hit it can take on my wallet! Remember the days of simpler times, where a piece of construction paper and a Crayola Crayon was sufficient? And not only sufficient, but loved! I propose that we take it back to those simpler times, except maybe not quite that simple. But I am on a search for pretty and easy to do, DIY greeting cards. I truly believe that it will be possible with a little bit of glue, glitter {maybe} and some ribbon, I can give Hallmark a run for their money.
      Even something like this, I believe can say "I love you" just as well as a $4 card...if not better!




      Please let me know if you've attempted this, or know of any sites/blogs that could help me out!

      p.s. don't forget Father's Day is this Sunday {June 20th}

      In Love With All Things Nautical

      6.16.2010

      Seriously, I love all things that resemble the beach and remind us of the salty air and sand between our toes! I am beginning to see more and more things that have a nautical air to them. One thing I could not resist were these earrings
      Surprisingly enough, I ordered these from Avon and can't wait to receive them! Do you love all things beach like I do?

      730 Days

      6.15.2010

      730 days ago, I started a journey. A journey that would test me, push me and cause emotions to occur inside of me that I never knew existed. A journey that would not only cause inexplicable joy, but at times, frustration like I've never known. I began this journey unsure of what was in store. 731 days into, I still am not sure what lies ahead. But I do know that as long as I am holding onto what the Lord has promised and Andrew's hand, I'll be just fine. 730 days ago, my best friend also became my lover and my lifelong partner. Through ups, downs, highs, lows, calms and storms, I know that he will not leave my side. He is mine and I am his.



      So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.--Matthew 19:6

      Step by Step

      6.14.2010

      It's so easy to trust God and know that He is good when everything is going the way that you believe it should. It's the times where you don't know if you'll have enough money for the energy bill or enough to eat tomorrow or if your home will still be yours next week. It's those moments that your faith will be shaken, but it's up to you whether or not you will allow it to break.

      "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

      I will admit right now, I am not always joyful and I definitely don't give thanks all the time. But this is not an optional thing. This is something that our God has commanded of us and it is something that I know I'll be trying to achieve the rest of my days here on Earth. I have found myself praying more often throughout the day. Not necessarily long, in depth prayers, but just small conversations with God as I go through my day to day tasks. It's an extremely comforting thing and it allows me to see how much it means and how much I gain by being in constant communication with God.

      Our God is a merciful God and He loves His children. In times of struggle and uncertainty, He is still God.  So though the world around is attempting to break us, His strength keeps us together.

      "Whatever is true...think about such things...And the God of peace will be with you."
      Philippians 4:8-9

      Pretty Paisley!

      6.10.2010

      For what feels like a lifetime, I've been searching for a duvet cover that I LOVED. Surprisingly enough, this task has proved quite difficult...until yesterday. While perusing Overstock.com, I found it!



       We went with the black/off white design and I am so excited to get it! I'm thinking about using jewel tone accents {throw pillows, bedskirt, etc}. I probably shouldn't be this pumped over something that's simply going over our down comforter, but I can't help it. After all the searching that took place, I believe my feelings are valid! Let's just hope that I love it as much in person!

      New Beauty FAVE!

      6.08.2010

      I've never been a huge beauty products girl. I mean don't get me wrong; I wear make up and use hair products, but I'm not totally and completely infatuated with all things pretty. And have never REALLY cared for nail polish...

      Until I found Sally Hansen Insta-Dry polish! This stuff is amazing! I, like my friend Nicole, have never been good at applying nail polish to myself until I discovered this stuff. It's fool proof for real!


      I originally bought it because it was on sale at Target and shortly after that, I fell in LOVE! The first {and definitely not the last} color I chose is Sonic Bloom. It's the perfect summer shade. So if you're looking to do some home manicures and pedicures, I HIGHLY recommend this product! It's wallet and user friendly...what more could you ask for!

      Hair today...

      6.02.2010

      So one of the hardest decisions for me to ever make, is what to do with my hair. I mean, really? Should it be that hard? The answer that should be in your mind right now, is no. But for some reaon {and I don't think of myself as vain} how my hair looks is a big deal for me. A couple of months ago, I chopped off my curly locks and opted for a bob that would have no choice but to be straight.


      And I loved it...for a couple of months.  Now though, I'm over it. I want my long curls back. I want the easy hair style again! One thing that I did this go round thought was bangs. I can't tell you the last time I did bangs because my mother gave me a complex of having bangs {she informed me my face was far too small} when I was young. Thank you mom. But I really like them now. And I think that I could definitely use them even when I let me hair grow out. I found 2 styles that I like; 1 straight and the other curly. Let me know what you think!

      Obviously, I don't look like these girls, but just focus on the hair/bangs. I love both styles and I believe that I could easily obtain the look...of hair.

      Opinion: Would either one of these styles look good on me?
       
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