Sunday, September 8, 2013

Jesus is REAL

Today, was so nice. A relaxing day filled with church and nothing else!
 I have been going to a new church somewhat recently and I am in LOVE with it. I have been welcomed with open arms and get so excited about all the new opportunities of things heading my way! Along with that came a young adults(even though I feel like an old adult haha) ministry on sunday nights. I have really learned alot thus far in the ministry and
 have formed some great friendships out of it!
 Tonight, at church Bobby(young adults pastor) really hit home on his message and I just wanted to kinda recap for ya'll what it was about....

I'm gonna be honest...I have been feeling bogged down lately with just life happenings and when I headed into church tonight I had alot on my mind. Everything from diets to direction in my life....haha I know two extremes. 
It was a simple message, nothing to complicated or confusing...black and white. 
But, it was something I have seamed to forget over time. He touched on the fact that.... 
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JESUS IS REAL!!!
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He isn't an idea or a story. He is alive and present. Throughout the books of the bible you hear time and time again about how Jesus raised people from the dead, healed people, helped people....and for me personally I don't stop to let all of that sink in. I talk about him...sing about him...read about him, but sometimes I lack that true relationship. I get caught up in the idealistic part of who Jesus is, that I lose sight of what a friend he is. There have been many times where I think I put him so high on a pedestal that even I can't reach him....that wasn't Gods intent at all!!!! He sent his son so that he could have a true relationship with us, one that would last forever. 
Then, I got to thinking about the relationships I have and the people who I share life with. Friends have come and gone....we've hit different stages in our lives, change direction and alot of times loose touch wither intentionally or not. Somehow I seam to forget that Jesus wants an everlasting relationship with me, with each new life stage I hit he is there. No matter what happens in my life I have the reassurance that I have a best friend that will always be there! Its so crazy exciting to think about!!! I am unsure about what my future will hold or where I will be at in the next 5 or 10 years, but what I do know is that I don't have to worry, i'll have someone beside me every step of the way guiding me into the perfect direction I need to go if i'll just listen! So I guess with all of that said...whenever I read my bible or sing a worship song, I guess I want to become more aware that it isn't something i'm expected to do or something out of routine but rather a relationship with my best friend who I want to know more and more about. 
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Here is one of my new favorite worship songs......
It has been on my iphone repeat all week now, I think the lyrics are so powerful!!! 
Hope ya'll enjoy!! 

And I will call upon your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

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#59-unlimited amounts of coffee
#60-being cool with the hum of the air-conditioning
#61-apples with peanut-butter 

Monday, August 5, 2013

bits of home-kitchen/dining

KITCHEN/DINING
This is a area of the house I spend ALOT of time....I love cooking for myself! 
I have so many people ask me how I can cook for just one person, SIMPLE you just make it work! 
Sometimes I will cook for two at night, then eat it the next day for lunch. Generally though I try to cook breakfast and supper..then for lunch just snack on whatever I have handy. I have pretty much gotten the proportions right for cooking for one, Its not hard just takes a little practice so you don't have food for an army left over in your kitchen...haha yes this has happened to me! 

As far as kitchen decor....It has the same feel as the living room. Just a fresh clean look! All the little knicknacks on the hutch I have collected from little antique shops mainly around Missouri. The little crystal chandelier pieces are some of my favorite things, My mom has picked them up from little shops in Missouri and around the east coast and has given them to me. Its so fun to have a unique little collection of something I cherish! One of my favorite spots in the house is probably the coffee area in the last picture, haha its not that glamorous but nothing makes me happier then my morning brew! 
Hope you enjoy the preview!! 
HAPPY MONDAY!!!  
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#56-pool days with my nieces and nephews 
#57-sweet potato fries 
#58-water bottles 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Prov. 4:20-23

This sunday has been sooo great!! I got to visit with some friends and just relax and have a little me time which was well deserved!! :) I have the day off tomorrow as well so I will do another "bits of home" posting to show you a little more of what I call home!  

I have been doing something fun this month with my community group girls from church 
as well as my little sister...It has been fun to listen to what the other girls get out of it
...as well as picking up little tidbits of knowledge along the way...
sooooo this month we started reading one Proverbs a day. Because its August 4th,
 its fitting that I would have read the 4th chapter! :) Its crazy that I have read proverbs so many times, and each time I find something new and applicable to my life, so this is just my little breaking down of a couple verses that I felt were super powerful! :) 
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20.My son, pay attention to what I say; 
listen closely to my words. 21Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. 23Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. 
Prov. 4:20-23
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Vs. 20- I love how solomon says here..."PAY ATTENTION", I know for myself that sometimes I get stuck in a routine and just go go go without even paying attention to whats going on around me....Or I will have somebody talking to me, but I will zone out and "listen" but not remember a word that was said. He wants us to be captivated by the good news he is sharing and he doesn't want it to go in one ear out the other. 
vs. 21-22- These verses pretty much speaks for itself...Once you hear a tidbit of knowledge, don't let it leave you....meditate on it so that it can be a useful tool in the future. Whenever you surround yourself with the truth, your whole body(I don't believe its meaning physical as much as spiritual) will feel like new and refreshed because it doesn't have sin and temptations holding it down. 
vs.23- This is my favorite verse....guard your heart! Whatever you put into your heart is what will come out, If you fill it with my sinful desires then my heart will long for those things and won't be satisfied til you have them, Or you could guard my heart against those things and store up scripture in it so that whatever happens in life, wither it is a new job promotion....or laid off from work. Your overflow will be pleasing to the Lord, no matter what the circumstances life may throw at you. 
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#53-good workout 
#54-homemade salmon and veggies for dinner
#55-a good church home with people I love 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bits of Home-Living Room

A SAMPLE OF MY LIVING ROOM
Over the years of living of living on my own I have begun 
to acquire a bunch of little nicknacks and random objects
 which I have thrown together in hopes of it looking somewhat cohesive! I love the decor style to be clean and fresh, Alot of what is in my home is either from antique stores, thrift stores, things I have gotten for free or 
things I have paid a small amount of money for...then redid to fit my likeing. I don't think you need to spend ALOT 
of money to make a house look like a home. :)
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Some of my favorite things. 
1.Owl painting done by my Grandpa Kroese.
2.Wooden Arrows given to me for christmas by my older sister(Ashley). 
3.Quilt...Found it while antiquing with my mom. 
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#51-big glasses of ice water 
#52-airconditioning in the car
#53-fresh new canvas 

Monday, July 29, 2013

SMITH VACATION 2013

I realize it has been a couple+ months since I have been on here, 
I suppose life got hecktic and I put aside the "bloglife" for a while, But I am looking forward to 
starting up again and getting back to typing! :) 
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To catch you up to date....
From the last post I was just packing and getting ready to move into my new place in "The city". I have been living here for a while now and I ABSOLUTELY love it!!! I was a little hesitant about moving into an apartment since I have never lived in one, I got the first floor and I LOVE IT! I think I lucked out with the tenants above me though because I never ever hear them...which some of my friends who also live in first floor apartments can't say the same. One of my conditions to finding an apartment is that I DID NOT want carpet and I found that!!! My whole apartment(including the bedroom) has all wood floors, which is sooo easy to clean and looks alot fresher(in my person opinion). I will take some pictures here soon and give you a tour coming up of the place I call home. :) 

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A couple weeks ago, I went home for our annual family vacation where we spend 
a week on the lake camping. It was soooo nice to not be on a schedule or having to worry about "looking nice", but just a relaxing week full of family fun. We had a few twists and turns throughout  the week....but I think over all, everyone was just thankful for a little time together. I think that sometimes I take my family for granted, throughout the whole week everyone was happy and eager to help whoever needed it. I'm so thankful for a great support system and family who loves each other so much, I know that some people arn't as lucky as I am in that respect and I'm just VERY VERY grateful that God has blessed me with amazing parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Here are a few pics from our relaxing week!!!
 *thank you to david for getting me an AMAZING camera to which I could capture all of our fun times!! 









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#48-An amazing family who loves me
#49-waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee 
#50-clean baseboards and fresh laundry 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

craziness of life

Things have been crazy over here lately,
So I thought I would fill you in as to what this past week has entailed! :) 
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I found out a couple weeks ago that my sister is moving back to where I live now, and I will be moving into the "BIG CITY" , I'm sooooo excited for this new change of life and all the adventures that will come with it! I will be working at my same salon, just making a little commute in the morning, for which I am actually kind of excited about! Getting to enjoy my cup(s) of coffee on my way to work while listening to music....haha ask me in a year how thats working out for me...my "idea" of a fun commute might have changed! :)  Shortly after the excitement kicked off it was panic mode, haha if anybody has moved they know it entails ALOT!! From packing to switching all your address over, quite a tedious task but I tried not to stress out to much and gave it to God and I knew that he would provide exactly what I needed and wanted...and HE DID! I found a wonderful little apartment thats in a safe area, that I will enjoy coming home to and....it has a pool haha which will be the HIGHLIGHT of my summer. So even if life seams....overwhelming at times, he HAS it under control and he knows us better than we know ourselves.

I sold my washer and dryer this week so I have been without, Monday I spent the day in the laundry mat....I know that seams HORRIBLE on your day off but I actually don't mind, I usually bring a book or my laptop and just take time to set down and rest instead of going a million miles a hour. 

I have a couple friends who are going through some really hard times and struggling with things I havn't had to experience yet. For me though....even though life may seam overwhelming and we ask ourselves the question.."Why would God do this?", Here is the answer....Nobody knows Gods plan for our lives or the people around us, but with faith we need to trust that he is greater and more powerful than even we can imagine. He knows exactly what is going on in each of our lives and he wants to provide us with comfort and healing if we lean on him for guidance. Sometimes I think that my problems are insignificant to him or wonder if he is even listening, but he wants to have a real relationship and wants to hear from our hearts instead of a scripted prayer every night. If we call on him in our times of need and uncertainty, he will give us peace and comfort that far surpasses anything that human words could express. 

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Matt 11:28-30
Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=516Qg_1AUok
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#45-with the new move... being next to a "WHOLE FOODS GROCERY"
#46-keylime yogurt 
#47-the girls in my community group 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

~Daniel and the Lions Den~

Faithfulness: 
Is choosing daily to follow God,
regardless of our circumstances. 

Today, I spent ALOT of time at church between two services and biblestudy...
so I have alot to think about for the upcoming week but I wanted to share something that really popped out to me today....It was a simple story about
 "Daniel and the Lions Den".
The childhood story is told over and over again in christianity and I think we overlook the 
"kid stories" and don't pay attention to the message that is being said;
 since we have heard them countless times.

(so here is tiny tidbits of the story.....If you want you can go here and read the whole story)
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10.Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

This passage really stuck out to me because Daniel didn't do anything out of the ordinary. 
In this time it was custom to have your windows open toward Jerusalem, He was doing exactly what he had always done, 3 times a day down on his knees in prayer. Daniel didn't close his windows in fear, he didn't pray 3 times a day because he wanted to prove he was holier than the rest....he simply did what God asks of us and that is to steadily follow him regardless of what the circumstances around us. Daniel prayed in pure faith....If he wouldn't have prayed he wouldn't have needed to ask God for help because he wouldn't have been thrown into the den. 
Are we faithful with our prayers to God even when the consequences 
seam hopeless? 
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25.Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: 
"May you prosper greatly!
26.I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. 
"For he is the living God and he endures forever; 
his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.
27.He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth. 
He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."  

If you've read the story you know about Daniel getting thrown into the lions den and God saving him from the mouths of the lions. Sometimes God works in ways we don't understand at first....we think we KNOW the plan and we think that we can outsmart him. God didn't save daniel from the lions den, he helped daniel through it so that through Daniel all nations and people would learn to know that "Daniels God" is the one and true God. Sometimes we have to go through ruff patches in our life, and God WILL be there to help us and provide us the safety that we need....and through our struggles may our faith be apparent so that Gods compassion and love will shine through us. 
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If you have any questions or thoughts feel free to message me
 have a great monday morning!!!!! :) 

#42-going to the movies
#43-new pillow shams made 
#44-the quiet, still....silence

Saturday, March 9, 2013

{worry}

Do not be afraid, little flock,
 for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. 
Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, 
a treasure in heaven that will never fail, 
where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
Luke 12:32-34
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Here lately I have been catching myself worrying....alot! Granted, to me they are valid things to worry about but....what I constantly have to keep reminding myself is that God is in control.
He has control over every aspect of my life wither it is something huge or something small.

I have never been a worrier....I always go with the flow, it takes alot for something to upset me...and generally I have alot of peace in my life(only by the grace of God). But, I suppose that sometimes in life God gives us challenges and trials to see how we will react to those situations and to test us and make us stronger. We should be mindfull of our problems and trials and bring them to God with our hearts wide open.

 BUT: 
Worrying will not effect anything, it won't add more power to the prayers; It won't make us feel better; It won't add time to our life; It won't "Fix" our problems.....

My heart has ached so badly sometimes because I just want to "fix" what is broken and for life to be back to the normal carefree times....but, through alot of prayer...God has given me a spirit of peace. His hand is over every aspect of my life, so why am I second guessing that? He made the whole earth and everything in it...and i'm worried about him not "having a plan??". He hears our cries and he blesses those who run after him. As long as I stay in his word and follow after him with my whole heart, he will bless me and those around me....Our God is a God of healing, peace and comfort. Whenever I am faced in a time of worry....I always quote quietly to myself...

"All I have need of his hand will provide, He's always been faithful to me"

No matter what has happened in my life....he has provided for me...he has always been there even when I went astray..he always has been a provider over my life. So in times of worry and doubt I try to think about all the things he has blessed me with and how he hasn't failed me yet....
he IS the God of provision and faithfulness. 


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#39-Gods provision 
#40-Tomato, Fetta and Cucumber salad
#41-Being able to reach family members with push of a button  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Currently

Listening too: A Thousand Years- Christina Perri 
Craving: Cottage Cheese, haha weird I know, but I havn't had it in a LONG time 
Thinking about: All my little projects that I have been putting off....i'm looking forward to doing them, I just hate starting a job and not having enough free days in a row 
to finish it. :) 
Reading: Just the bible as of now...I have to order another biography to start in on. 
Wanting(not to be mistaken with needing):
New Raybans 
Feeling: Very content and happy, I really have been blessed with a wonderful life....I don't deserve anything I have. Very very greatful. 
"all I have need of his hand will provide
he's always been faithful to me." 
Wearing: Comfy tshirt and shorts
Anticipating: Summer!!!! Being able to be in the sun and water....shorts, messy hair, little makeup and grilling, 
I'm very very ready! 
Dreading: Waking up at 6am...mornings are not really my friend, a runby starbucks and multiple cups of coffee at home should make me civil. :) 
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#36-meeting international friends 
#37-a scrubbing bubbles clean bathtub 
#38-enjoying the comforting sounds of a symphony  

Friday, February 15, 2013

vday

~HAPPY VDAY~
It was such a good day yesterday!!
I had a really busy day at work....for which I am VERY thankful! 
I ended my workday at 8pm and went home to change then rushed into Dallas. 
The singles ministry at my church put on a bowling event for valentines day, haha I suppose so the lonely of us don't feel sad at vday! Luckily we had some friends show up so we had a team put together right away! :) 







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#33-Tulips 
#34-My black rimmed glasses  
#35-wearing red on fridays to support Februarys heart healthy month

Sunday, February 10, 2013

sunday struggles


Lets just say that this sunday morning was a little harder than most for me, 
the devil was defiantly trying to work against me on getting myself to church. 

It started, with me remembering I left my straighter at a friends house the week prior. No big deal I thought...I would run up to work to grab my professional one.. long story short I wasn't able to get mine so a lovely coworker that happened to be up there at the time  let me borrow hers(praise the lord)....so I went home and fixed my nappy hair...with plenty of time to spare. I left a little early so I could make my starbucks run, Now this whole week I have been off coffee, WHICH I might add is a HUGE thing! I normally drink about 6-8 cups a morning, and generally drink it all throughout the day....so after waiting 20mins in the starbucks line...I finely...groggily accept my hot tea and drive off. A little miffed that I couldn't order my black cup of coffee.. STILL plenty of time to get to church. Once I got to the parkinglot of church it was a different issue....I spent ANOTHER 30minutes trying to find a parking spot. At last I found one on the 5th story of the parking garage....by this time I was 20minutes late for the service and was debating not walking in at all....after all I missed all the music and singing. BUT, instead I head inside and keep reminding myself that I am there to worship God and not for my own gain. As I sit down the paster says..."and today our lesson is on parenting"....OHHH GEESH, I went through all this heck this morning to listen to a message that does not pertain to me whatsoever at all. But, yet I keep my mind open...reminding myself over and over that is to worship him. 

Through the crazy morning and all the frustrations that occurred.... the pastor did speak on parenting..and even though I am not a parent I learned ALOT about what it looks like to be a Godly parent and how important it is to set a Godly example in our home and not to leave the "teaching" up to the once a week church service but practice it in everyday life. Even though i'm in the stage of life before kids, I feel like I can still prepare for that day and get my heart ready for when that day will come. I LOVE this passage from deuteronomy that he spoke on......

Hear, O Isreal: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and 
with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on
your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 
Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. 
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

I have a long time to go til parenting but if I can work on my own life now and focus on Gods word 
like it says in the passage and meditate on it day and night and keep it with me wherever I go....that will give my kids that much more promise someday whenever I am needing to equip them with the knowledge that they will need to know. God gave us kids as a blessing....they are from him and he is entrusting us that we will guide the next generation in the ways they should go. 

"Your children will not always follow what you say, but they will follow after what you do." 

So whenever you have one those sunday mornings....or perhaps a morning where you want to push the snooze button a couple extra times...just think about how much the devil is not wanting you to attend and how Gods glory will be shown no matter what the subject of the message is....there is always truth for everyone. :) 


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#30-blue goose atmosphere 
#31-windows down...sun shining in...pure joy 
#32-meeting WONDERFUL new girlfriends here in dallas 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

RECAP 2-9-13

Recap of the week!!! 
Alot alot alot has happened this week and I've been 
either super busy or else deathly ill, thus why I havn't gotten on here! :) 
I'll update you with a couple photos....
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Babysitting my niece and nephews as we wait for their sweet little sister Eloise to
come into the world! :) 
Sweet Eloise Claire Arrived  
She will have longer fingers than her aunt by the time she's 2. :) 
The sickness sets in...THANKFULLY it waiting til I came back home 
and wasn't around all the babies. 
Advocare Lunch....Delicious :) 
I got a letter from my little girl that I sponsor..GREAT treat 
while I was sick!!! 

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#27-kiwis 
#28-the clean fresh smell of bleach 
#29-water bottles(sometimes its just easier) 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Advocare: Day 1

I will start off saying that I am NOT a big fan of "dieting gimmicks". 
I never do anything that consists of me drinking shakes or crazy things like that because 
I feel like once you get off that certain diet you will gain the weight right back whenever you 
start eating normal food again, lets admit it we can't drink that nasty so called chocolate 
flavored drink for the rest of our lives. 

I've lost 26lbs so far of which I am very proud of...it has been a slow weightloss with 
eating better and exercise  which I think is the healthiest way to loose weight.
 I still have 14lbs left to go and the last 14 I will say are not wanting to come off. Sooo  I had a friend tell me about advocare and their 10day cleanse which jumpstarts your healthier lifestyle! 
It consists of 3 things you take on a schedule for 10days, one is a fiber drink that you take some mornings in collaboration with your breakfast, than you have a multi vitamin you take before you go to bed, and lastly a probiotic you take some mornings. 

This has been day 1 of the cleanse and besides me having the flu on top of it....
 it actually hasn't been that bad!! 
Just mild headaches from my lack of coffee drinking, but i'm very excited to jumpstart 
my weightloss again and get this last 14 OFF for good! :) I weighed this morning and measured so 
I will post the results once the 10days are completed!! :) 
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#24-being able to take off work
#25-NyQuil 
#26-Getting to see my new niece this past weekend...Eloise Claire 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

we don't live in the moment


I have been thinking alot about how as people....
we don't live in the moment. 
I know that sounds cliche and overused. 
To get this straight before I start, I'm not meaning this in a since of being crazy and wild...
i'm saying it in regards to always looking for something better or awaiting the day til something grand comes along, and not living all those days in between. 

I feel like for alot of my life, I have been "looking forward" to things.
 Counting down the days until something comes....It is GREAT to get excited about fun things happening in our lives and to be excited about the new things that are ahead of us.
 But, at the same time I feel like alot of my life I have spent waiting.
 Waiting for that one day or event to come. Well what happens to all those in between days?
 The days that go by unnoticed....the days where I do nothing but go to work and go home....Am I thankul for those days? 

I was cleaning up my house tonight, putting away laundry when it hit me...
these are the days I need to soak up every moment! 
Having a house to myself, being kid free, working at an incredible job, 
having a church that i love, getting to hangout with friends whenever i want, 
being able to cook everynight if i want to, or eat out if i want to, 
being able to stay up til midnight with music playing loudly, 
going to workout at night if i feel like it, being able to buy fun stuff to wear,
inviting people over, reading a book...or 20! 

This is my moment!
 Of course I look forward to having a husband one day.
and children and starting that chapter of my life. But, this is my life....everyday I live 
I have something to be thankful for. God doesn't have to let me wake up every morning, 
he doesn't need me by any stretch of the imagination.....but, he is choosing me to wake up 
every morning and to do my routine. I just suppose while doing my day to day life I will 
be more aware about how much I need to live in the moment, and not always be 
striving for the next big adventure. Keeping in mind that he has a specific plan 
for my life, and to not forget.....
the in between days.
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#21-forever21
#22-starbucks pike roast coffee
#23-late night chats

Thrifty Thoughts: Quilt Hutch

I did this project a while back, but since 
I have been working on projects this week that arn't QUITE completed I will post this 
one til that day comes! 
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I knew that when the time came for me to have a place of my own....I wanted to find something 
to put all my quilts and bedding in. Some thing that could go in the living room that was easy accessible for when people come over and need a blanket for the couch or a quilt while watching a movie. 
But, I also knew I did not want to spend a fortune on it! 

I came across this beauty of a piece at my work! 
They were going to throw it out because of the condition of it...
sooo I gladly took it off their hands for FREE99!!!!!
 It did need some work....but I saw potential! 
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Before: As you can see the handles were off, the back was actually flimsy cardboard that was
falling off aswell. 
I used my handy drill and screwed a new board on the back of the chest so that it would
be more sturdy and not janky looking :) 
Painted it all white with the inside a light gray 
Taped off the chevron. If I were to do it again I would probably have been 
a little more precise, but I just free handed it...haha makes it unique.
I painted horizontal stripes on the bottom two drawers....then used 
the sander to make it distressed. 
FINISHED!!!!! I love the turnout!!! 
In the home, hope you all enjoy!!! :) 
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Linking up with TheVanillaTulip:

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#18-crazy dreams
#19-oranges
#20-ticket to hairshow

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday: 1.30.13

What I Wore Wednesday: 

This outfit is a STAPLE for winter, since it doesn't get too cold 
here in the south, a little layering does just the trick!!! I love how comfy and relaxed it is 
but still looking put together :) 

Cardigan: forever21
White pocket T: target 
Leggings: H&M
Scarf: American Eagle 
Boots: Dilliards 
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Linking up with: The Pleated Poppy 

pleated poppy
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#15-sons and daughters
#16-waterproof eyeliner
#17-my canon 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

comparison-the thief of all joy

"Comparison-the thief of all joy"

Tonight, my pastor made this quote in service, 
and it really had me thinking about how much those 6 simple words impacted us everyday. 
In day to day life I compare...
I compare myself to the girl next to me at the gym, 
I compare my clothes to people at work,
 I compare my car to the person driving beside me, 
I compare my hairstyle to the girl setting in front of me at the movies
....as humans in the raw....we compare. 
But, whenever we are always looking to the person beside us and not what God is calling us to be....thats when we loose Joy. To be happy in the state we in and not to strive for the things that we don't obtain. 
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 joy |joi|
noun
feeling of great pleasure and happiness tears of joy the joy of being alive.
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In the bible(niv) the word "Joy" is used 244 times....Gods desire for us is to be JOYFUL and glad. But, pure Joy cannot be obtained on our own, no matter how much we strive for it, Joy is the fruit of a right relation with God. I hope that my life exudes Joy to where people can see that there is something different in me. I am always going to be human and full of sin, but by the grace of God I hope that I can keep my mind set on the things of him, and not in constant comparison.


psalm 97:11-12
Light shines on the righteous and JOY on the upright in heart. 
rejoice in the Lord,
you who are righteous and praise his holy name.
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#12-the sound of windshield wipers 
#13-panara-soup and baguette 
#14-notes of a sheet of music

Monday, January 28, 2013

monday memories-water buffalos

MONDAY MEMORIES:
WATER BUFFALOS
Haha ok now before reading this post....please don't judge me, as I would do anything for one of my babies...

One of my favorite memories of this week was when my mom called me on the phone one afternoon while I was at work. She had my little nephew(Jake) for the day because he wasn't feeling well, on this afternoon he asked my mom to call me because he wanted me to sing him the "water buffalo song"...In case any of you havn't watched veggie tales, that is a song that they sing...ANYWAY so while I am at work I bust out in my rendition of the "water buffalo song",  once I finish I listen and he says nothing...my mom then comments about how he is just staring at the phone....all of a sudden I hear this squeeky little voice in the background singing his heart out! :) Even from miles away, I love the memories of little voices, and technology that lets me sing when there sick! 
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#9-lowes
#10-efficient mondays 
#11-to have the recourses to help people