Friday, March 30, 2012

Thankful Thursday (a little late)

Hi ho,

     Funny story, I totally had this post mostly written last night, all ready to go and seriously dozed off before I hit publish. Yes I am that much of an old lady! Ha ha, we had such an amazing day even if it was "just a thursday". (I used to have this theory that they were the most boring day of the week) I'll have tons of pictures later this afternoon!
     I don't know that I want all of my days planned out on this blog so I'm not going to get carried away with "manic monday", "terrific tuesday", "wonderful wednesday"... however something I have been working on even before I had a blog was taking one day out and really looking at and praising God for what I am so blessed with! I think I first saw Mandisa start it on twitter. I want to combine with another format of thankfulness called "5things".

5things I am thankful for today
     - Peaceful rain
     - A cool camera to capture after the rain
     - An awesome Christian radio station from StL
     - Friends  to celebrate birthdays with
     - A healthy, happy, handsome, husband (How's that for alliteration?)

     Anywho, I will return this evening with some pictures of our awesome evening yesterday and some of my "experimental" pictures with a new technique! Have a "Fabulous Friday" and enjoy the coming spring wherever you may be!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Life Abundant

"The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I came that you would have life, and have it more abundantly." John 10:10

     Tonight I can't help but be a bit nostalgic. On all accounts it has been a basic normal day, but there was a time when I would have given anything to know that these beautiful spring days would come again.
     In the last couple days I have had several reminders that I am only human and have no promise of the next moment or the next day. In light of that I want to make sure and soak it all up, every minute, every sound, every smell, every single episode of The Dukes of Hazzard I watch with my beloved.
     Today I was lucky enough to make up some hours at work, I know not everyone would see this as a blessing but hey it's a tank of gas or part of a grocery bill. I came home to a beautiful evening, great temperatures and the delicate smell of lilac in the air. Then I got to make an awesome supper of stuffed peppers that I have been craving for weeks and it turned out simply wonderful.  I got to share this meal with my one and only. To top it all off we are blessed to just spend a quiet evening in. This may sound mundane to most people but I cherish every moment. I just want to soak it all in, make note, and remember. Just like in Joshua where they set up a monument for future generations.
     My next move is to make as many memories as I possibly can, big memories, small memories all  of them sweet. I want to live this abundant life because it's the only one I've got. No grudges, plenty of forgiveness and mercy. Plenty of opportunities and second chances.
     Here's to remembering the bright days and giving thanks in everyday, and here's to many memories and adventures.


Monday, March 26, 2012

To join or not to join...

So I finally did it... I took the plunge. 
No I didn't do anything too wild and crazy like get a tattoo.... yet ;)
This morning I broke down and started reading The Hunger Games.

     Now I'm not normally the type to jump on the band wagon (especially this late in the game). Typically I fall into one of two camps. Either I am the traditionalist that rather poo-poos the idea of those con-flandit kids and their new fangled ideas, or I and the ... ahem... hipster that discovers something and wants to love it and squeeze it and call it George and nooneelsecanhaveit. Ever. I'm not real big on fads and I have this aversion to joining in late in the game. So naturally I decided I was too late and I wasn't going to touch those books or the movies with a 10 foot pole. Plus I am a "grown up" now. Sure believe that if you will. 
     All that to say, I gave up, I gave in, and after some friends appealed to my literary side and convinced me it was a REALLY good read I started it. I have to admit, so far it is a good read. We shall see. The movie doesn't looks so bad either. But the book comes first, just as it should. 
     So call me a joiner. But just this once.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

To those who wait

Right Ole' Sunday evening to ya, 

     It has been a wonderful weekend around my house. So much beautiful, early spring weather. A day off with my darling. Wonderful encouraging friends. We have so much to be thankful for. 
     I may be a girl with silly little girly desires but I can't help but feel when spring rolls around that every where I look it's like a surprise bouquet from God.
     People who have known me for a while will be able to tell you that one of my favorite Christian artists is Bethany Dillon. It seems like the lyrics she writes are dead on to me. The melodies flow from a God given talent and I just feel like she is something of a kindred spirit. Her newest EP is no exception. It seems that months ago God prompted her to write and record a song that months down the road and miles across the country one day my heart would need to hear. 

     Lord, today You know what I need to do. But You can do more in my waiting, than in my doing I could do. So I won’t run anymore. I’m waiting on You.

     I could delve deep into this concept, there is so much in scripture about it. Clearly I am not the only one who struggles with this. But the truth is I heard these words this morning and it was like that first deep breath after running a mile. Like that very first sip of perfect coffee in the morning. God telling me "My beautiful girl, I got this. It may not be right now. But take a deep breath, sip that coffee and rely on me." 
     Anyway its not real deep but it sure feels profound to me. My Sunday musing. My day. My Music. My Amazing God. His perfect timing.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

About Boys

Happy Saturday,

     Saturday, a good day for sleeping in, a good day for relaxing, and a good day for weddings! Wedding season is in full swing and I got to go to an amazing wedding today for the now Mr. and Mrs. Scholte! Yay, for Devin and Charity!
     But I digress... I may have only been married for 10 months, 10 days, 6 hours and 45 minutes but it seems whenever I go to a wedding I get the warm fuzzies. You know the ones? They're warm... and fuzzy. ;) I get to thinking about my wedding day and what joy I was feeling, and the joy that has grown in my last almost year as a married woman and some of the things I have learned, some of my favorite things! Things about life and living and living with a boy. 
     In all of my 21 years I have had several roommates, some great some not so great but all alike in one way. They weren't boys. My life with a boy roommate has been one giant learning curve. Boys are so different in how the do things. How they do laundry, how they cook (or don't cook) the weird way they talk at the computer when they play games, even their tv watching habits. I have decided though that life with this boy is absolutely the best decision I er.. we have ever made. There is nothing better than snuggling up in an boy sized hoodie, or big fluffy hunting socks. How about having a big strong dude there to protect you from the things that go bump in the night? Or the sweet little surprises of flowers on the table, in a cowboy boot. He's my level head when there are tough decisions, he is my grocery shopping buddy and an all around amazing man. Sorry about all of the gushing... really I'm not, but enough of the warm fuzzies.  
     Needless to say I am a big fan of this marriage thing and even more of a fan of having a boy for a roommate. I highly recommend it. They are an awesome compliment to the gals in this life, they keep us balanced.  
     Now to go enjoy some tea in my oversized husband hoodie. Happy Saturday evening friends.     

                      (Any now for a picture of my hunk)

.....and he's all mine....

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hello there, 

    This is my little corner of the world and I would love if you would share it with me. I would love to share with you my life and adventures. The one theme that all of my adventures seem to share is that of grace. Grace, given freely, grace, not deserved, grace of a Savior for a second chance and a new chapter in my life! I have had many adventures in my life already, so exciting so grand, but none as amazing as where I am now. 
Just Us
Where I am now, that's what I really love to tell you about. I am married to a wonderful man. The love of my life and college sweetheart. We are coming up on almost a whole year of marriage! There is no one I would rather have this grand adventure with.
What a studmuffin! 
I also love to tell you about our cute little home! It's our first place and just a sweet little apartment. What more could two newlyweds ask for. 

This is our cozy little home, and there is our resident fur-person!
Since I am of the artsy persuasion, and the hubby is rather handy we have been putting our heads together and doing our best to spruce up our little place and make it our own. 

Here is one of his additions to our home. It hangs right over the dining room table.

This is one of my little contributions.
Remade an old grapevine wreath with a little
wooden letter.

     Since we rent we are holding off on some of the more major renovations till we have a home of our own, but until then I will scour Pinterest and he will continue to bring home fix-er-up-ers from work and we really have this place looking like us! 
     All I can really say is I would love to share with you all of our adventures, our everyday fun and life along the way. So come along and lets see where God takes us. 
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