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I’ve been going through some of my favorite craft ideas on Pinterest that I want to do this summer.
I’m moving to an apartment this next semester at school so I’m making some things to deck it out 🙂
Tell me your suggestions! There is no way on EARTH I would be able to get through all of these in one summer while doing an internship. So I have to be picky here. Would love to have your help!
1. America Palette Board
2. Daily Chore Board
5. You are Loved Canvas
6. Lace/Burlap Candles
7. Palette Art
8. Wheatgrass Potters
9. Anchor Coasters
10. Chevron Bulletin Board
11. Coca-Cola Sign
12. Mail Organizer
13. Hemp Containers
14. Lace Chandelier
1. Simply Clarke – Ad Space & $15 design credit to Clarke Creative
2. Carolina Fireflies – Ad Space & $25 Etsy GC
3. Passion, Pink and Pearls – Pretty In Pink Interior Design Package
4. The Dwelling Tree – 1 Month In-Post Ad Space
5. Gratefully Inspired – Ad Space & Floral Journal from Joules
6. Mikaela Rae – Large Ad Space
7. Love, Laughter, Happily Ever After – 1 Month In-Post Ad Space
8. My Name Is Madeline – 1 Month Large Ad Space
9. My Beautiful Crazy Life – 1 Month Medium Ad Space
10. This Little Blonde – 2 Months “Sleeping Beauty” Ad Space
11. Caravan Sonnet -$10 Starbucks GC
12. The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife – 1 Month Medium Ad Space
13. Hooah and Hiccups – 1 Month Large Ad Space
14. Walking in Memphis in High Heels – 1 Month Large Ad Space
15. Simply Free – 1 Month Ad Space
16. Back Home Again – 3 Months Large Ad Space
17. Faith Love & Babies – 2 Months Ad Space
18. XO, Allison – $20 GC
19. Wifessionals – 1 Month Small Ad Space
20. Life by Rikki – $10 Target GC
21. Chaos, Commotion, and Emotion – 1 Month Platinum In Post Ad Space
22. Classy Living – 1 Month Large Ad Space
23. Simply Southern. Simply Lauren. – Choice of any shirt from my etsy shop.
24. Virgin Monologuez – $10 Paypal Cash
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“You call me out upon the waters,
the great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand”
I have lots of favorite songs, but Oceans by Hillsong United speaks to my heart in ways no other song has. It’s been my prayer since it was released. Little did I know how big of a prayer I was praying! “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever You may call me.”
Yeah. That’s a big prayer.
That’s not a prayer that will provide the atmosphere for an easy life. But how deep and how amazing is God’s love.
Peter showed great faith when he asked Jesus to command him to come to him by walking on the water. When he kept his eyes on Jesus he did the impossible and walked on water, but when he saw the wind swirling and raging around him he became afraid and began to sink – he was no longer trusting and keeping his eyes on Jesus.
“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’
And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’ – Matthew 14:22-33
The scripture says the boat was already a long way from the land, beaten by the waves for the wind was against them. Anyone else see where this is going?? I can relate to this so intimately. I couldn’t count how many times in my life have I been out at sea, farther than I should be from my Savior, alone and beaten by the waves, and Jesus shows up, doing the impossible, and He’s already comforting me saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Truth is, just earlier this past year Jesus so lovingly revealed to me the bitterness and selfishness in my own heart. How I was living in fear and worry of the unknown, instead of trusting in His perfect grace. That I was out at sea being beaten by the waves instead of walking toward him in complete faith.
Sometimes revelation hurts.
But MAN does it leave me speechless when the King of Kings meets me in the darkest, scariest moments.
“Your grace abounds in deepest waters,
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me,
You’ve never failed, and you won’t start now”
The funny thing about God is how He is closest in the darkest moments – in the midst of the raging storm. Every time in my life when I was surrounded by crashing, roaring waves – scared, fearful, a worried mess – He met me in those moments without fail, and in the biggest way.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” – Genesis 50:20.
This was Joseph speaking, who was left for dead by his own brothers and was now in a position of power under the pharaoh, now comforting his brothers who tried to kill him, forgiving them and extending grace despite how they treated him.
Sometimes people, even our closest loved ones, make decisions that hurt us deeply. Sometimes life throws a curve ball, a spouse gets laid off, financial troubles increase, duties and raising children demand the best of us. Sometimes, well most of the time, Satan just lays it on thick – leaping on us and wailing punch after punch while we struggle to get free. Sometimes things are decided for us and are out of our control. I see you friend. You are not alone. My heart breaks for you.
Now I relate this verse in Genesis more closely to how Satan intends evil for me. Even in the mess and dark moments, I know there’s victory already claimed in Christ. There is grace, even for the worst of offenses, the worst of hardened hearts. What was intended for evil, God will mean for good. I’ve learned to see the trials as a testing of my faith, to make me stronger and, get this, walk in freedom – and as scary as it is, the ability to walk on water and do the seemingly impossible, because of Christ’s power.
The reality is this – Satan tries desperately to make it seem like you can’t escape his left hook, that you’ll be drowned in the waves, but Jesus has already defeated him. He has absolutely no victory over you. Your circumstances have no victory over you. He cannot even touch you for he fears the very name of Jesus so much. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31. He is like an ant compared to a lion. It’s just not a fight at all in the end.
“Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”
In the hardest moments, God is closest. Whatever you are going through, you are never alone. Jesus knows you are at sea, broken and tattered, and He is walking straight for you in the midst of your storm, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
“The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalms 34:18.
As much as I’d rather live an easy life without burdens, trials or hardships, I am learning to be thankful for the trials because they bring me into the sweet, safe embrace of the King of Kings. When I step back, quiet my spirit, and lift my eyes to heaven, I can almost hear the roar of angels. I can’t wait to hear the worship in heaven. I can feel the strength and grace of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through me.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18
As I step back, perspective increases dramatically, and once overwhelming circumstances, the storm raging around me, becomes much less scary. It allows more room for grace for those who have hurt me, the ability to understand that very someone is also hurting in their own way, and for circumstances beyond my control, no matter what it is.
“…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:11-13.
“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“
When the storm comes, and it will, I encourage you to keep your eyes on Jesus and trust in Him. Without fail, every time I’m in a storm of my own, when I take my eyes off Jesus and start to fear the raging waves that might overtake me, try to make sense of the storm, or cower in the wind, I start to sink. But when I keep my eyes on Christ I claim victory and freedom in whatever circumstance (even the little ones!). This part of scripture has never been more near to my heart than it is now and I am so thankful for a Savior who gives me the power to overcome even the worst of things and walk on water in His embrace.
God will do amazing things in your life if you pray this prayer. I promise you. It won’t be easy by any means, but it will be so rewarding. My prayer is to be led by Christ where my trust is without borders, where circumstance only strengthens my faith, and to be a light even when I’m walking through darkness.
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders,
let me walk upon the waters
wherever you may call me
As always, please feel free to shoot me an email or comment below if there’s anything I can be in prayer about for you!
I’ve used a lot of shampoos in my day. And I mean A LOT. My hair has all different textures all over my head, I have thick hair, and a lot of it. So finding a good shampoo/conditioner is not the easiest feat for me. Still I have to switch between two kinds of shampoos on the regular. So for those of you with hair that needs some extra care, this one is especially for you!
I use my fave Young Living lavender mint shampoo & conditioner because #nochemicals. It smells amazing and my hubs loves it. You can get that here.
But since I have to switch up my shampoos every now and then I found a great alternative from Niucoco that I’m IN LOVE with. It smells so dreamy and has absolutely no harmful chemicals or toxins in it.
I can’t even tell you how annoyed I was when my then-favorite Moroccan Oil shampoo turned up to have so much crap in it. It took me a little while, but when my head wouldn’t stop itching, I figured it out. So that was a sad day, but at least I have a fix. So Moroccan Oil went into the trash and now I have my dear Young Living and Niucoco shampoos to give my hair the best care it can get.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, get the Think Dirty app (for free!) on the app store and scan all your products – beauty and household cleaners – and you’ll be throwing things out left and right. Who wants all that in their home?! Amiright??
What natural products do you use and love? I’d love to hear!
Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend remembering those who serve and have sacrificed for our country and our freedom. The hubs and I made a trip back to one of our fave spots – Manteo, NC and the Outer Banks to celebrate our third wedding anniversary and visit family! We had so much fun!
We bought sunscreen for our trip, but got to the beach and realized we forgot to actually bring the sunscreen WITH us **face palm**.
While we were soaking up some sun an ocean rescue team pulled up and brought some poor girl out from WAY out in the water. Thankfully, she looked okay!
We stayed at The Tranquil Inn. SUCH a beautiful place! They had lemonade and crackers during the day and wine and cheese tastings at night – YUM.
The view right outside our room of the marina – so relaxing!
If you know Stan, you know he’s freakishly good at mini golf. Which makes me not want to play mini golf with him, ha. But this time I kept up with him! This was his face after nearly making a hole in one, but jussttttt missed it – I might have laughed 😉
The sun set right into the Sound when we were getting ice cream in Rodanthe, which was just beautiful! According to Stan, it only happens a couple times a month!
On our flight to NC we had to wait in a holding pattern in the air over Charlotte for about 40 min thanks to some crazy storms. Then we were taken out of the holding pattern, only to be returned to it, then had to go to Knoxville, TN to refill the plane with gas (and couldn’t de-board because they didn’t have the area for a bigger plane – that was fun), then finally made it to Charlotte, ran across the airport to just make it in time for our connecting flight right before they closed the door. THEN on our way home to TX we sat on the runway for about an hour waiting for yet another storm to pass and finally made it home 4 hours later. SUCH crazy travel this time around! These were our faces as we were waiting to fly to NC 🙂 Whatcha going to do amiright??
Got to chill with my fave animals in the world on the family farm and my heart was so so very happy. I might’ve been sneezed on just after this picture – lovely image, I know.
Where are your favorite places to travel in NC?! I’d love to hear!
So I was about to walk out the door wearing a sweater and booties …. but then I remembered that it’s 87 DEGREES outside. Okay Texas. Time for some fall.
I decided against sweating profusely and slipped on this SUPER comfy dress instead. This dress is my go-to, easy to deal with outfit. I was jumping for joy when I got it in the mail. It is incredibly soft, and my favorite part – p o c k e t s. Need I say more??
Behind the scenes moment: While I was standing next to this gorgeous blue door a lady came out and it made the loudest bang – I nearly jumped out of my skin and we laughed hysterically. Thankfully that photo wasn’t caught on camera – it would not have been pretty 😉
We had our two year anniversary this May and still CANNOT believe it’s already gone by so fast! Now I guess we’re just a couple of ‘ol married people. Who says married people can’t be fun, right?? 😉
We contacted a local Austin photographer who we met through Kate Anfinson, who did such a great job with our photos last year (but moved to CA). Emilie did such an amazing job and we’re so thankful to have such sweet photos to treasure! Photo cred: Emilie Anne Photography
She drove an hour and a half to meet us out at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg in the blazing heat in June. We arrived around 5pm and started shooting around 5:30-6pm but thankfully as soon as the sun set behind some rocks we had some relief from the heat! I also made Stan wear the wool pants he wore at our wedding, because I love them on him, so the poor thing was reallyyyy sweating. Good thing is – he won’t feel that hot forever! ha. We also had to get them tailored a week before the shoot because he danced so hard at our wedding he tore the seam right down the middle of his pants – don’t want to see all that in these pictures! Talk about TMI.
We’re incredibly blessed to have these photos to treasure for the rest of our lives. They’ll remind us every time we look at them of the victories we’ve head over the past two years together – big and small. How God has faithfully brought us through the difficulties we’ve faced and been constant through it all. We’ve been in a season of rejoicing, and are so thankful for all God is doing in our lives. It’s such an incredible feeling to look back on the trials and hardships we’ve encountered (and especially the good times too!) and see how God had His hand over every single situation. Nothing was left to chance. He was entirely faithful through it all. It’s so encouraging to fully know & experience the victory of choosing to place trust in God even through the blurriness, confusion, messiness, and lies that Satan uses in an attempt to suppress our soul and keep us from entering into all the good God has in store for us. When the season of trial ends and your faith remains strong, trusting in Truth, you begin to grasp the sheer power of Jesus and His goodness. Through these past seasons God taught me to truly keep my eyes set on Him and Him alone – despite anything that was going on around me, He wanted Him to be my focus in times of trials and rejoicing.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
In trials and times of great blessings, may you always find joy in Christ and put your trust in Him alone. He is shaping and testing your faith so you may be stronger and know Him more deeply. He is all about relationship and wants you to know Him as much as He knows you.
Stan and I have grown so close through facing difficulties like moving half way across the country, starting a life (and new marriage) in an unfamiliar place, crazy bosses, and anxieties. We’ve also rejoiced together in so many blessings like bringing a sweet puppy into our family, becoming first time homeowners, buying a car together for the first time, finding a church family and serving together, and so so so much more.
I want to brag on how amazing this man is. He trusted in the Holy Spirit’s tug at his heart to move to Austin, and faithfully worked his butt off to find jobs when we first moved here and nailed the dream job he was praying for 9 months later. He’s worked long hours to provide for us, he’s prayed over us and he’s worked so hard to continue to grow himself, and has done every little diy project I’ve asked him to help me with. He’s even loved me through my enjoyment of jump-scaring him 😉 He is my person, my encourager, my support, and my favorite human. I wouldn’t want to be doing life with anyone else! I know it’s cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway – God really knew what He was doing when He brought us together. Stan is the coolest cucumber on earth and I am the go-go-go, have-to-be-doing-something, worrier. We always joke that the hamster in his head is relaxing in a recliner with a beer-hat and I have a fleet or army of hamsters on steroids in my head. Point being – we make a great team. He asked me the other night what the best piece of advice was that I’ve ever gotten and my response was something he always tells me…”it’s going to be okay, just keep moving forward.” He’s always so calm and steady and grounds me when I’m flying at a million miles a minute. He’s taught me to stop all the crazy and experience all the good that is going on around me, to listen to God and to spend precious, intentional time with Him. Words cannot express how thankful I am to get to love such a sweet soul. God is GOOD.
“Where you go I will go, together physically. Your people shall be my people, together emotionally. Your God shall be my God, together spiritually, where you die I will die, together faithfully.”
This post is a little overdue – but I love these pictures too much not to share anyway 😉
My mother in law visited us over Mother’s Day weekend and we had a blast! We went visited some of our favorite restaurants as usual, but one of her requests was to visit Magnolia Market in Waco – so we made sure to go!
Stan and I had visited once before but we enjoy finding a cute little accessory for the house when we go and the food trucks (the smoothie one was my fave!) are pretty darn yummy. We brought our dog Kevin and of course, he got a ton of attention and pets. One of our favorite things is listening to people try to guess what kind of dog he is (Shiba Inu) – my favorite is “oh, that’s definitely a Corgi”. I meannnn… really?? Not even close, bud.
Thankfully this time we went we knew where to park (in our secret spot) and the line was short and fairly easy to navigate despite what a beautiful day it was! We enjoyed smoothies and sitting at the picnic tables chatting and catching up.
We love what Chip and Jo are doing and super happy to support them!