Hey friends! I'm blogging from Wisconsin today! I'm working up in Germantown/Hartford area for the week. It is entirely too cold here for me, but I've enjoyed what I've seen so far!

Things around here have been busy lately, too busy to sit my buns down and write out a post I'm sorry to say.  That doesn't mean tons of ideas and thoughts haven't been swirling around in my head.  I find I always have the best thoughts when I'm lying in bed at night, but it's always too cold and I'm too lazy to get out of my warm bed to write them down...

Anyway, in the middle of our "winter" I found myself quickly slipping back into the funk I found myself in last winter.. yikes! The good thing is that I think I recognized it pretty quickly and was very open about it to my husband and friends in hopes of prayers, encouragement and love.  It's so easy to let life take over our schedule and mind without realizing.  Some how I went from being intentional about reading each day to not even cracking open my Bible for days... from praying each evening before bed to passing out the second my head hit the pillow.

I feel extremely blessed to have a husband who loves me through these small struggles. Who encourages me to let go of myself and seek Christ first so I can go back to being the godly woman he knows I can be (or am trying-through the help of my gracious God-to be). 

For weeks now we have been having conversations about letting God take over and to quit trying to do it myself.  What the heck does that even mean??? I mean honestly, have you ever thought that before? Let me clarify: I know that means giving God complete control over your life. I know that means trusting in HIM to lead your every step.  I know that means trusting that HIS plan and 100% better than any plan you could think of. I know. But there is difference between knowing and living it out and that is place I have been stuck in.  Letting that knowledge bleed into your everystep of the day, from opening your eyes at the sound of the alarm in the morning, to lying down at night and everything in between.  I found myself asking, how do I fulfill my daily responsibitilies at home and especially at work and still let go of all control? I do I let go but still meet the worldly (corporate world) expectations I am being asked to meet? How? How? How?

Well let me just start the answer to this with the statement that God is GOOD and He will open your eyes and ears in HIS timing. Yes He will. He has been so faithful in opening my eyes to see one baby step at a time and it's all be through prayer {insert "duh" moment here}. =)  I've been reading Francis Chan's "Forgotten God" and it's been an awesome supplement and I highly recommend it to EVERYONE. 

In my reading today (John 14-16) I was reminded yet again that no matter what direction I feel the world pulling me in, I can find peace and clarity in Him.

Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? Behold, an hour is coming,
and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to
 leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 
 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In
 the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
John 16:31-33

Thanks for listening to the ramblings of my inner mind. =) I'm off to bed now (totally should have been in bed 2 hours ago) beacuse I have to be up at 2:45AM for work!!! WHAT!?!?! I know.

Oh, and stay tuned; my friend Cara has tagged me in another blog tagging game. More on that later this week! =)


My Valentine

Yesterday we celebrated our 5th Valentine's Day together with a special dinner... at home.  Both of our birthdays are in March so we've never done anything huge for Valentine's Day except during our first year of dating while Bobby was still trying to impress me. =) He decided the best way to do that was by taking me to the shooting range. As crazy as it sounds, I think it may have been the best date I've ever been on! It was awesome and so much fun (I had never shot a gun before)!

This year is what we are now referring to as "the year of Dave" in our house.  We are 3 weeks into the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace program which has been awesome so far, but is pushing us to make smarter (and usually less fun) decisions about our money so we can hopefully be debt free by the end of the year.  One of those decisions was to stay home for V-day this year. I  love food and love going out to new restaurants but, I really enjoyed our dinner at home.  We were very intentional with each other and had no distractions.  It was wonderful.

As we sat down to our dinner last night we started reminiscing about the first time we both realized we had feelings for the other person, our first few dates and all the Valentine's Days we celebrated thus far.  The funny part was that the only one we could remember was that first one at the shooting range! Ha! Clearly we have awesome memories...

Going along with our night of reminiscing, I thought I share our first picture together (we don't have one from that first Valentine's Day but this was taken only about a month prior) and this year's Valentine's Day.  I haven't looked back on old pictures in a while but seeing the two side by side made me laugh a little, we both have changed so much (in a good way of course!). 
{Oh, and please pardon our super red and shiny faces in this year's photo... we had just gotten back from they gym.. =) }

January 2008

February 2012


Thank You Pinterest

 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God." {Micah 6:8} 

Another fasination that I know I share with many of you is Pinterest. =)  Pinterest and I have a love/hate relationship.  I love the creative and beautiful things I find on there/ I hate that I don't even realize when hours have passed and I'm still sucked in...

Not all these hours have been lost though.  I did find a couple of things worth trying and I must say, I am pleased with how they turned out.  I found this super cute painting a mother and her son made using parts of the Micah 6:8 scripture verse.

I don't have children yet and when I sized my hands and feet up to the 8x10 frames I had lying around well, it just didn't look the same... (although I'm sure my size 6 feet come close to the size of her son's feet..).

Instead of one canvas, I opted to use 3 8x10 frames I have that weren't being used.  I bought white card stock at Target for 99 cents and a sample of a grayish white paint from Home Depot for another 99 cents. {JACK. POT.}

Paint the card stock and let dry.
*(Note to self: put tape at the back or weights at the edges after it has dried a bit to prevent the edges from curling up).

Then I created a sample of my picture on the computer (in an 8x10 format) and printed to use as a template. 

Now for the labor intensive part of the process...

Being extremely OCD and refusing to have to re-do anything, I used a razor to cut the letters from the paper to create a stencil.
*(Note to self #2: Use cardboard instead of paper or glue the paper to cardboard after printing to avoid the paint fully saturating the paper...)

Using a mixture of black and antique white paint I had extra of- I created a soft gray for the lettering.  Next place the paper stencil over the painted cardstock and hold in place with tape (sorry I didn't take pictures of any of this).

Using a sponge (or paint brush depending on the look you want) fill in your lettering.

I quickly (and super carefully) peeled off the stencil when I was finished so I could fix some of the damage that was done from paint seeping through the paper... =)  It wasn't as bad as I thought. I just went over it with the base color.

Once everything completely dried, I put the paintings in frames and hung them on the wall in our dining room along with a few black & white photo's to create a small collage.


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